Data Tip – The OpenNEX Climate Data Tool: Build and Access Custom Data sets

Here’s a data tip about an interesting, and useful  new climate data tool – The OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool was produced by Planet OS in collaboration with the NASA Earth Exchange team with the intent of improving access to climate data. These corrected climate data products provide a better representation of regional climate patterns and are used to determine specific impacts to numerous real-world applications such as crop productivity, flood risk, energy demand, and human health.

openEx dataOpenEX has a goal to make the data accessible to a wider audience of full-time researchers, students, and citizen scientists

These datasets provide a set of bias-corrected climate change projections and include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, and precipitation for the periods from 1950 through 2005 (Retrospective Run) and from 2006 to 2099 (Prospective Run).

Key features of the OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool include:

  • Create Custom Datasets – Create a custom dataset by selecting the time, region, parameter, climate model and scenario that matches your needs. Spatial and temporal slicing enables you to download data only within your area and time of interest.
  • Deploy via Docker – Run the provided bash script to deploy a Docker container that will acquire and serve the data you selected. This container can be run on a local machine or deployed to a remote instance.
  • CSV or NetCDF Format – Download your data in NetCDF or CSV format. The availability of a CSV option means data can be loaded directly to applications without NetCDF support, such as Excel.
  • Reproducible – Deploy your container to an EC2 instance and expose the access endpoint to allow others direct access to your custom dataset. You can also share the unique dataset permalink with colleagues, who can launch their own containers to replicate your dataset.

According to the official documentation, these datasets provide a set of bias-corrected climate change projections and include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, and precipitation for the periods from 1950 through 2005 (Retrospective Run) and from 2006 to 2099 (Prospective Run).

More information is available via this official blog post as well as the official documentation.

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The tool improves access to data for climate assessment with options to build, deploy, download

Why OpenNEX Climate Data? Admin tools for ArcGIS Online is used by thousands of organizations around the planet, many of them depending on data to perform regular and routine data analysis, often with a need for climate data and climate data layers. We want to share fine data resources that our clients can take advantage of to help augment their web apps and services.

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