Environmental data products accessed by the Env-DATA System

The following is a summary of datasets currently included in the Env-DATA System. Those datasets that are Active are currently running in the Track Annotation Service. If you have questions about accessing specific datasets or variables, please contact us at support@movebank.org.

Datasets Data description Data provider Temporal coverage Geographic coverage Temporal resolution Spatial resolution Status
ASTER Global DEM Topography US Geological Survey 83°N–83°S
180°E–180°W
1 arc-second (30 meters) Active
ECMWF Global Atmospheric Reanalysis (ERA-Interim) Weather, atmosphere, hydrology European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) 1979–present 89.463°N–89.463°S
180°E–180°W
6 hour, 3 hour 0.7° Active
ETOPO1 Global Relief Model Topography and bathymetry National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1940–2008 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
1 arc-minute Active
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Precipitation NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 1998–present 50°N–50°S
180°E–180°W
3 hour 0.25° **GPM active (begins 2014)**Provider is reprocessing to include TRMM
GlobCover Land cover and land-use type European Space Agency (ESA) 2004–2006, 2009 90°N–65°S
180°E–180°W
20 arc-seconds Active
MODIS Land evapotranspiration, fire, land cover, primary productivity, surface temperature, vegetation NASA LPDAAC 2000–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, 4 day, 8 day, 16 day, monthly, yearly 250 m, 500 m, 1 km, 5.6 km (0.05°) Active
MODIS Ocean Ocean chlorophyll, PIC, POC, sea surface temperature NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Ocean Biology Processing Group 2002–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, 8 day, monthly, yearly 4 km Active
MODIS Snow Snow albedo, snow cover National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) 2000–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, 8 day, monthly 500 m, 1 km, 0.05° Active
NASA Distance to the Nearest Coast Distance to the nearest coast NASA 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
0.04° Active
NCEP North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) Weather, atmosphere, hydrology (North America only) NOAA National Centers for Environmental Protection (NCEP) 1979–present 90°N–1°N0°–170°W 3 hour 32 km (at 40°N) Active
NOAA Global Climate Indexes Climate teleconnection patterns, indexes and anomalies National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1950–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, weekly, monthly Active
Oregon State Ocean Productivity Reanalysis Ocean net primary productivity (NPP) Oregon State University 2002–2015 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
8 day, monthly 1/6°, 1/12° Active
OSCAR Ocean Surface Current Reanalysis Ocean surface currents NASA 1993–present 60°N–60°S
180°E–180°W
5 day 1/3° Active
SEDAC Gridded Population of the World (GPW and GRUMP) Human population density NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) and Columbia University 1990–2000 85°N–58°S
180°E–180°W
5 year 30 arc-second (1 km), 2.5 arc-minute Active
Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) DEM Topography CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information 60°N–60°S
180°E–180°W
3 arc-second (90 meters) Active
Suomi-NPP VIIRS Land evapotranspiration, fire, land cover, primary productivity, surface temperature, vegetation NASA LPDAAC 2012–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, 4 day, 8 day, 16 day, monthly, yearly 250 m, 500 m, 1 km, 5.6 km (0.05°) Products will be added as they become available from provider
Suomi-NPP VIIRS Ocean Ocean chlorophyll, PIC, POC, sea surface temperature NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Ocean Biology Processing Group 2012–present 90°N–90°S
180°E–180°W
Daily, 8 day, monthly, yearly 4 km Active
Derived topographic variables Slope and aspect, rugosity Calculated derived variables, based on ASTER GDEM 83°N–83°S
180°E–180°W
1 arc-second Testing
Derived wind variables for flight Tail-wind support and cross wind, thermal and orographic uplift Calculated derived variables, based on ECMWF or NCEP data 1979–present 89.463°N–89.463°S
180°E–180°W
6-hour 0.7° Yes

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