Data Tools

The EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) provide center-unique tools for functions such as searching and subsetting data. The links provided in the category tables below list and describe some of these available data-handling and service tools. The tools are categorized by type that indicate the primary function, including:

  • Search and Order
  • Data Handling
  • Subsetting and Filtering
  • Geolocation, Reprojection, and Mapping
  • Data Visualization and Analysis

Search the Data Tools table by clicking in the search box below and entering in a keyword term, such as a DAAC (ASDC, NSIDC, SEDAC, etc), an instrument/mission (GRACE, MODIS, TROPOMI, etc) or science term (surface mass, snow cover, tomography, etc). The search results will narrow down the table entries applicable to the search keyword entered.

Hidden Title Description DAAC
01, data visualization and analysis ADaM The Algorithm Development and Mining System (ADaM) system is designed with the goal of mining large scientific data sets for geophysical phenomena detection and feature extraction, and has continued to be expanded and improved for over 10 years. ADaM's mining and image processing toolkits consist of over 100 interoperable components that can be linked together in a variety of ways for application to diverse problem domains. ADaM includes not only traditional data mining capabilities such as pattern recognition, but also image processing and optimization capabilities, and many supporting data preparation algorithms that are useful in the mining process. Each component is provided with a C, C++, or other application programming interface (API), an executable in support of generic scripting tools (e.g. Perl, Python, shell scripts) and SOAP web service interfaces to support distributed architectures including web and grid applications. The ADaM toolkit is also available as a suite of SOAP web services. WSDL documents are available.

GHRC DAAC

02, search and order, data handling, data visualization and analysis, subsetting and filtering AppEEARS Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples is an online tool that offers users a simple and efficient way to perform data access and transformation processes. By enabling users to subset data spatially, temporally, and by layer, the volume of data downloaded for analysis is greatly reduced. LP DAAC
03, search and order Explore Collection

Explore all ASDC publicly available data.

ASDC
04, search and order ASDC Direct Data Download Provides the ability to access and download all ASDC publicly available data collections via https ASDC
05, search and order, subsetting and filtering ASDC Search and Subset Applications The ASDC Search and Subset Applications provide Spatial, Temporal, and Parameter subsetting options for Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) LIDAR Level 1/Level 2, Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) Level 3/Level 2, Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) Level 2, and Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) Level 2 datasets using a specialized high-resolution spatial/temporal metadata database. Subset results are generated in the same HDF format as the archived files; The TES and MOPITT Subsetters also provide the option of generating subsetted output in NetCDF3 format. ASDC
06, data handling, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping ASF MapReady Tool Suite
  • Supports ASF DAAC SAR data and Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) data from a variety of other SAR facilities
  • Enables a user to geocode the data using a variety of projections and standard datums
  • Enables user to terrain correct (orthorectify) the data
  • Enables a user to export the images as GeoTIFFs for use in GIS programs
  • Enables a user to export the images as tiffs, jpegs, or pgm files for easy viewing
  • Includes a CEOS metadata viewer
  • Displays thumbnails of imagery as it is loaded
  • Displays thumbnails of imagery that it has processed
  • Includes a simple image viewer
ASF DAAC
07, data handling ASF SAR Training Processor
  • Enables user to follow the steps as a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image is processed from Level 0 raw data to a Level 1 image via the range-Doppler technique.
  • Writes and displays images at each selected processing stage, giving user visibility into the intermediate steps of the process.
  • Enables user to modify various parameters as well as steps that are performed to visualize the impact of each on the final product.
ASF DAAC
08, search and order, subsetting and filtering

CALIPSO Search and Subset Tool

The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) Search and Subsetting web application enables a more sophisticated approach to selecting and ordering CALIPSO lidar data by date, time and geolocation. Data products can be subset by parameter and geolocation including ESDRI-defined regions. Output can be requested in HDF or netCDF. ASDC
09, search and order, data handling, subsetting and filtering CERES Search and Subset Tool
This tool enables a more sophisticated approach to selecting and ordering select Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data by date, time and geolocation. Data products can be subset by parameter and geolocation including ESRI-defined regions. Output can be requested in HDF or netCDF. ASDC
10, subsetting and filtering Daymet Single Pixel Extraction Tool This tool allows daily surface weather data within the Daymet dataset to be downloaded in tabular format for a single geographic point entered by latitude/longitude coordinate pairs. Multiple points can be automated by the API using a

REST service. Batch download examples are provided in Bash, Java, and Python.

ORNL DAAC

11, data handling, search and order, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis Earth Explorer The Earth Explorer tool provides users the ability to query, search, and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products from several sources. Earth Explorer provides access to MODIS land data products from the NASA Terra and Aqua missions, and Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) level-1B data products over the U.S. and Territories from the NASA ASTER mission. LP DAAC
12, search and order Earthdata Search Earthdata Search provides easy-to-use access to EOSDIS services for Earth science data discovery, filtering, visualization, and access. Through these services, Earthdata Search allows users to search, preview, and download Earth observation data. Earthdata Search uses the Common Metadata Repository (CMR) for very fast (sub-second) search across the EOSDIS metadata catalog and simpler, faster access to faceted metadata. Earthdata Search enables high-performance, highly available data visualization. Earthdata Search provides data visualizations on a web-based map using the Global Browse Imagery Services (GIBS) tile service. Earthdata Search enables users to view even more precise map imagery and thumbnails for GIBS-enabled data collections. In addition to direct download, Earthdata Search surfaces services such as Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP) for simpler spatial and parameter subsetting. cross-DAAC
13, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping EASE-Grid Geolocation Tools Equal Area Scalable Earth (EASE)-Grid tools include IDL routines and map projections for geolocation and conversion tools to use with EASE-Grid data sets.

NSIDC DAAC

14, search and order, subsetting and filtering ENTRI The Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI) is a comprehensive database for accessing multilateral environmental treaty data. Using ENTRI you can find treaty texts and country and treaty status data. The ENTRI Conference of Parties (COP) decision search tool allows you to search the text of decisions produced by the Parties to a selected subset of multilateral environmental agreements. SEDAC
15, search and order IDN A directory to Earth science data, services, and climate diagnostics, the International DIrectory Network (IDN) allows users to discover and access more than 25,000 Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences. Users can search using controlled keywords, free-text, map/date, or any combination of these. Users can also search or refine a search by DAAC, location, instrument, platform, project, or temporal/spatial resolution. cross-DAAC
16, data visualization and analysis Giovanni GES-DISC Interactive Online Visualization and analysis Infrastructure (Giovanni) is a Web-based application developed by GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data. Giovanni features currently available include:


  • Plot Types for Single Parameters
  • Area plots of time-averaged parameters
  • Time series plots of area-averaged parameters
  • Meridional averages
  • Zonal averages
  • Vertical profiles
  • Longitude-latitude-pressure-time cross sections
Plot Types for Multi-Parameter Intercomparisons:


  • Area plots of overlain time-averaged parameters
  • Time series plots of area-averaged parameters
  • Difference plots
  • Scatter plots with regression
  • Temporal correlation maps
  • Animations
  • Climatology and anomalies
  • ASCII output for maps and plot
  • Web services for downloading subsetted data

Giovanni supports an ever growing set of EOS and heritage data collections. Examples of these include aerosol data from MODIS (both Aqua and Terra), MISR, and Goddard Chemistry Aerosol Radiation and Transport (GOCART) models; precipitation data from TRMM, multi-satellite analyses, and ground observations; atmospheric chemistry data from OMI, MLS, TOMS, and Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE); ocean color data from Aqua MODIS and SeaWiFS; and atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles from AIRS. In addition, Northern Eurasia Earth Science Partnership Initiative (NEESPI) monthly products are available, as well as CloudSat cloud and MODIS Aqua temperature and humidity data along the A-Train track.

GES DISC

17, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis GLIDER Globally Leveraged Integrated Data Explorer for Research (GLIDER) is a powerful tool that combines existing mining and image processing services to enable researchers to fully exploit the large volumes of NASA satellite imagery and data needed for scientific research. It is a freely available and easy-to-use tool with online video tutorials. PO.DAAC
18, search and order, data visualization and analysis GloVis The USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis) allows users to search, browse, and order ASTER AST_L1T data. Users click on a global locator map to view ASTER images for their selected geographic area. LP DAAC
19, subsetting and filtering HEW Subsetter
The HDF-EOS Web-based subsetter (HEW) can extract a subset of any grid or swath data file that is in HDF-EOS format. Subsetting can be performed on:


  • Latitude and longitude (rectangular areas)
  • Date and time span (swath data)
  • Dataset parameter, e.g., instrument or sensor HEW is also capable of subsampling by extracting every Nth point of data.

As a stand-alone subsetter, HEW uses a user-friendly web-based front-end to gather the user's subsetting criteria and then submits the subsetting job to the batch queue. The subsetter engine (back-end) can also be used separately by substituting a site-specific front-end in place of HEW's web-based interface.

GHRC DAAC

20, data handling, subsetting and filtering HI-TIDE High-level Tool for Interactive Data Extraction  (HI-TIDE) is an evolving web interface built upon a set of web services supporting flexible and efficient search, imaging, and extraction capabilities for Level 2 swath datasets. PO DAAC
21, search and order HyDRO The Hydrologic Data Search, Retrieval, and Order (HyDRO) system allows the user to search data set holdings at GHRC DAAC. HyDRO provides a list of GHRC DAAC data sets specific to the user's requirements. Users are able to browse the online information and tools or services for each data set. They can download online data sets by FTP or place an order. GHRC DAAC
22, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis LAADS DAAC NASA's Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System DAAC online web-based data ordering for MODIS Level 1, Atmospheres, geo metadata and ancillary products. Capabilities include parameter, geographic, and temporal subsetting, metadata search, masking, channel subsetting, tile and granule reprojection, GeoTIFF reformatting and mosaicing. User friendly services including order tracking, data delivery options (ftp push, pull, direct download) and shopping cart function. Direct access is available via FTP for MODIS Level 1, Atmosphere, geo metadata and ancillary products.

LAADS DAAC

23, search and order, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping Land Processes Data Pool The Data Pool offers direct online access to all LP DAAC EOS products at no cost to the user, including ASTER Level 1AE (L1AE), L1BE, L1T, all joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Program, and ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS).

LP DAAC

24, subsetting and filtering, gelocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis, data handling LDOPE The MODIS Land Data Operational Product Evaluation (LDOPE) software tools help extract MODIS land product quality metadata to enable users to further parse and interpret them. These tools are invoked as stand-alone executables from a command-line interface. The software is supported on Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

LP DAAC

28, data visualization and analysis MISR Browse Tool The Multi-Angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) Browse Tool allows easy access to images from the MISR instrument. The browse images are produced from the ellipsoid product for each camera, reduced to 2.2 km resolution. The MISR red, green, and blue bands are used to create a color image, which are intentionally clipped and gamma-stretched to make cloud, ocean, and land features visible. The images are in JPEG format. Features of the new browse tool are:


  • Searching for images by latitude/longitude region, date, path, and orbit.
  • Displaying crossing paths
  • Displaying block range for selected latitude/longitude region
  • The browse image is overlaid on a map which can be turned on and off

ASDC

29, data handling, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis MISR Level 3 Data Browser

Visualization of select parameters available in the MISR Level 3 global data products are provided. The Level 3 products are derived from averaging select Level 1 and Level 2 parameters over daily, monthly, seasonal and annual time periods. Level 3 data contain a range of Level 1 and Level 2 versions.

ASDC
30, data handling, data visualization and analysis MISR Orbit Tool Interactive interface for converting dates to MISR Orbit number and Orbit numbers to dates. ASDC
31, data visualization and analysis MINX MISR INteractive eXplorer (MINX) is an interactive application written in IDL that functions both as a general-purpose tool to visualize MISR data and as a specialized tool to retrieve detailed plume heights and wind velocities from wildfire smoke, volcanic, and dust plumes. MINX includes high-level options to:


  • Interactively digitize plumes in order to automatically retrieve heights and winds from MISR multi-angle imagery
  • Make scrollable, single-camera and multi-camera true-color and false-color images of MISR radiance data
  • Create animations of the nine MISR camera images providing a 3-D perspective of MISR scenes
  • Display plots of top-of-atmosphere Bidirectional Reflectance Factor (BRF) vs. camera angle for selected pixels
  • Difference images acquired on MISR orbits that share the same ground track
  • Create map views of MISR orbit locations
  • Save images and animations to disk in various formats

ASDC

32, search and order, data visualization and analysis MISR Paths/Blocks Intersecting a Lat/Lon Box

Interactive interface for obtaining MISR paths based on latitude and longitude.

ASDC
33, search and order, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping MISR Order and Customization Tool
  • Allows users to order and customize data in a single interface.
  • Features include: non-consecutive path and orbit search, sorting search results by date, camera, path, orbit, and file version.
  • Customization options include: subsetting by parameter, block, and spatial coordinates, add latitude and longitude layers, unpacking and unscaling applicable fields.
  • Allows users to save searches and customizations.
  • Support EOS Validation site subsets.
  • Output data format in HDF-EOS stacked-block grid or conventional grid
ASDC
34, data visualization and analysis, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping ASDC ArcGIS Provides visualization and data access for ASDC data products.
ASDC
36, data handling, search and order, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis, data visualization and analysis MODIS Fixed Sites Subsetting and Visualization Tool The MODIS fixed sites subsetting tool provides customized subsets and visualizations of several MODIS Collection 6 land products for selected field and flux tower sites around the world.Spatial subsets of the land products are available for predefined 8 X 8-km areas centered on the selected sites. The search tool enables users to select a site, a land product, define the temporal range of interest, and either download the data or select from several data visualization options. The site-specific land product data can be downloaded in both comma separated value (*.csv) format via the MODIS fixed sites subsetting tool. The data are in sinusoidal projection.
ORNL DAAC
37, search and order, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis MODIS Land Product Subsets (Global Tool) The MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool provides on-demand, customized subsets of several MODIS Collection 6 land products. Subset products are made available to the user through an interactive web page. The user specifies the center point for the area of interest by entering geographic coordinates or selecting the location on a map. The user then selects the desired MODIS land product and specifies a rectangular area surrounding the center point by providing the number of kilometers "Above and Below" and "Left and Right" of the center point. In the final step, the user is given the option to receive spatial data for their order in MODIS sinusoidal or geographic (WGS84) projection and is asked to provide an email for order delivery. Subsets are made available to the user through an order visualization page with interactive time series plots, MODIS data quality information, land cover and phenology data, order and product citations, and download access for the data in tabular and spatial data formats

ORNL DAAC

39, search and order, subsetting and filtering MOPITT Search and Subset Tool The MOPITT Search and Subsetting web application enables a more sophisticated approach to selecting and ordering MOPITT global survey standard data by date, time and geolocation. Data products can be subset by parameter and geolocation including ESRI-defined regions. Output can be requested in HDF or netCDF. ASDC
40, data handling NSIDC Data Pool The NSIDC DAAC Data Pool is a data cache that provides HTTPS access to Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR),Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E), Aquarius, IceBridge, Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)/Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS), Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs), MODIS, NIMBUS, National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE), and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) products. A simple Web search interface helps you quickly locate data ofinterest. NSIDC DAAC
41, search and order NSIDC Data Search Choose from hundreds of scientific data sets, focusing on the cryosphereand its interactions. NSIDC DAAC
42, search and order OPeNDAP 
(ASDC)
Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP, developed at the University of Rhode Island, P. Cornillon) provides software which makes local data accessible to remote locations regardless of local storage format. OPeNDAP also provides tools for transforming existing applications into OPeNDAP clients (i.e., enabling them to remotely access OPeNDAP served data). Access is provided to select MISR, TES, MOPITT, and CERES data products at ASDC. ASDC
43, search and order OPeNDAP (PO.DAAC) OPeNDAP (developed at the University of Rhode Island, P. Cornillon) provides software which makes local data accessible to remote locations regardless of local storage format. OPeNDAP also provides tools for transforming existing applications into OPeNDAP clients (i.e., enabling them to remotely access OPeNDAP served data). Access is provided by PO.DAAC for the following data sets—Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT), Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST), TOPEX/Poseidon, Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I), and MODIS Sea Surface Temperature (SST). PO.DAAC
44, search and order Operation IceBridge Data Portal The Operation IceBridge Data Portal provides access to all Operation IceBridge flight reports and map-based visualization of Greenland flight tracks. Using spatial and temporal filters, users can easily visualize flight tracks, review specific details of the flights, and download the full reports. Users now also have access to all available Operation IceBridge science data through the ftp hierarchy. NSIDC DAAC
45, search and order ORNL DAAC Website Search The ORNL DAAC Website search is a bing search API based interface for finding webpages and other information about ORNL DAAC data holdings ORNL DAAC
46, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis PO.DAAC Live Access Server The PO.DAAC Live Access Server (LAS) enables the web user to: visualize data with on-the-fly graphics; request custom subsets of variables in a choice of file formats; access background reference material about the data (metadata); compare (difference) variables from distributed locations. LAS is a highly configurable web server designed to provide flexible access to geo-referenced scientific data.

PO.DAAC

47, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, subsetting and filtering Population Estimation Service

The Population Estimation Service allows for estimating population totals and related statistics within a user-defined region. The service is accessible through three standard protocols used by many online map tools and clients: the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Processing Service (WPS) standard, a Representational State Transfer (REST) interface, and a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) interface. Standards-based clients such as uDig are able to submit requests using the OGC WPS. Users of ArcGIS software from ESRI can submit requests through SOAP. The REST interface is intended for use with lightweight javascript clients.

To access the Population Estimation Service, users need to work with an online map client or Geographic Information System (GIS) software package that supports spatial queries through one of the three supported protocols. The service interfaces are available at:

SEDAC

50, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis SEDAC Map Client The SEDAC Map Client is a web-based mapping tool that allows flexible interaction with spatial data from CIESIN'?s SEDAC and other sources. The map client may be used to explore SEDAC global data holdings, organized by themes of human-environment interactions. The integrated visualization, analysis, and display of geospatial data will be of primary interest to fundamental and applied researchers, operational users, and public policy experts in the social and earth sciences.

SEDAC

51, search and order, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis SeaDAS SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS) is a comprehensive image analysis package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of ocean color data. Supported sensors are MODIS, Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner (OCTS), and Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS). Key features include variety of data processing, data visualization, and data projection capabilities and selection of data output formats.

OB.DAAC

52, search and order, subsetting and filtering SSW The Simple Subset Wizard (SSW) provides a simple, easy-to-use interface for requesting data subset services from 10 of EOSDIS DAACs. GES DISC
53, data handling, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping, data visualization and analysis, search and order SDAT The Spatial Data Access Tool (SDAT) is a web-based tool that enables users to visualize biogeochemical data sets in Google Earth, explore metadata, or customize and download data by specifying projection, resolution, format, spatial extent, time period, band(s), and interpolation method.

ORNL DAAC

54, subsetting and filtering, geolocation, reprojection, and mapping SPOT A companion program to HSE, SPOT can be used to check HDF-EOS files for subsettability by HSE. SPOT is invoked using a simple command-line interface. It checks that:


  • The file exists and is readable
  • The file is in HDF format
  • The file is in HDF-EOS format
  • The file contains valid HDF-EOS structures
  • The file contains the metadata needed for subsetting

GHRC DAAC

55, data visualization and analysis SOTO State of the Ocean (SOTO) provides near real-time data that are displayed in a Google Earth environment and annotated to give context descriptions of the ocean's features and events using KML overlays (ice extent, hurricane tracks, clouds). It provides data layers for satellite derived sea surface temperature and anomalies, sea surface height anomalies, wind vectors, and ocean color.

PO.DAAC

56, search and order, subsetting and filtering, data visualization and analysis TES Search and Subset Tool This tool enables a more sophisticated approach to selecting and ordering Tropospheric Emission Spectroeter (TES) global survey standard data by date, time and geolocation. Data products can be subset by parameter and geolocation. Output can be requested in HDF-EOS or netCDF. ASDC
57, data handling Tool for Working with MISR Data Tools are available for Orbit/Date and Latitude/Longitude to Path/Block Conversion, extracting data and metadata and calculating block center times. ASDC
59, search and order Vertex Vertex is ASF DAAC's Data Portal designed to discovery and download data from the ASF Datapool. All synthetic aperture radar (SAR) products available through ASF DAAC can be downloaded through Vertex. The interface provides the ability to search for data geographically and by date range. Browse products can be examined and the geographic location of each frame is visible on the map provided. ASF DAAC
61, data visualization and analysis WPT The Waypoint Planning Tool (WPT) is a Java application used to specify aircraft flight tracks through an interactive point-and-click interface. Individual flight legs are automatically calculated for altitude, latitude, longitude, leg distance, cumulative distance, leg time, cumulative time, etc. The resultant flight plan can then be posted to the Google Earth-based RTMM for all interested scientists to view and track actual flight progress compared to the planned flight track.

GHRC DAAC

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