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Data Recipes

The following is a list of various data recipe resources available from Earth Observing System Data and Information Systems (EOSDIS) components:

Data Recipe Inventory Table from the Earth Science Data System Working Groups (ESDSWG) Data Recipes Working Group:

ASDC DAAC

Name Description
Browse Image Tutorial Guide on how to interpret the browse images as well as explain all the different types of images that are available.
CALIPSO Data User's Guide Guide contains most current information about CALIOP data products, their use and misuse.
Examples and Tools Working examples and tools to work with CALIPSO data. Examples for IDL and Matlab users.
Vertical Feature Mask Feature Classification Flag Extraction This routine demonstrates extraction of the feature type information stored in a CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Vertical Feature Mask feature classification flag value.
Lidar Altitude Data Read Routine This routine demonstrates reading the lidar altitude data stored in CALIPSO Lidar Level 1B Profile, Level 2 Aerosol Profile, and Level 2 Cloud Profile products.
Generate Mean Extinction Profile Demonstrates how to generate a vertical profile of mean extinction from the CALIPSO level 2 profile products.
CALIPSO Data Read Software Callable routines in Interactive Data Language (IDL) provide basic read access to CALIPSO science data files.
Overview of CALIPSO Data at the ASDC Brief Overview of the CALIPSO Project, Documentation, Data, and Data Access at the ASDC.
TAD (Toolsets for Airborne Data) Tutorial The Toolsets for Airborne Data (TAD) web application is designed to be a collection of the tools for airborne data discovery, download, and merges. This tutorial video walks users through the functionality of the user interface and order request process.
MISR Browse Tool Easy access to ellipsoid projected true-color images for each camera reduced to 2.2 km resolution
ENVI SOM Instructions Instructions for setting Space Oblique Mercator map information in ENVI version 4.0
MISR Toolkit A simplified programming interface to access MISR Level 1B2, Level 2, and ancillary data products.
MISR Paths List of Paths by Data Day
ASDC Data Pool Readme instructions
ASDC Data Pool Sample Script instructions
ASDC Data Ordering Tool - HTML Tool Help instructions
Frequently Asked Questions faqs
CERES FAQ faqs
CERES Ordering Tool Help user guide
S'COOL Online Tutorials education/how to
Classroom Resources: Analyze CERES Data & Images education/ how to

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ASF DAAC

Name Description
ASF Datapool Overview Vertex demo video
ASF Subsetter Overview Subsetter demo video

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ECHO

Name Description
Reverb Tutorial How To Guide
Reverb Search Tutorial Video Demo Video
Reverb Image and Timeline Demo Video Demo Video
Reverb Data Retrieval Demo Video Demo Video
Reverb Data Access Cookbook Instructions
ECHO Knowledgebase Reverb FAQ
ECHO Client User Guide ECHO Client Developer Guide
ECHO Data Partner Guide ECHO Data Provider Guide
ECHO REST Search Guide ECHO REST Search Guide
ECHO REST Ingest Guide ECHO REST Ingest Guide

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FIRMS

Name Description
MODIS Collection 5 Active Fire Product User's Guide (v2.5) User guide for using MODIS Collection 5 Active Fire Product (version 2.5)

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GCMD

Name Description
Online Tutorial on GCMD Search Functionality online tutorial for GCMD search functionality
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, An Online Tutorial online tutorial on the fundamentals of remote sensing
Learn2Map Tutorial and Atlas GIS and mapping tutorial designed as a quick-start intro to the basics of GIS
Introduction to Discrete Return LiDAR tutorial on LiDAR and how it works
Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis Tutorial tutorial on probabilistic seismic hazard analysis
HAZUS: The Flood Information Tool (FIT) tutorial on the HAZUS Flood Information Tool (FIT)
Polarimetric SAR Data Processing and Education Tool (POLSARPRO) wide-ranging tutorial and comprehensive documentation to provide a grounding in polarimetry and polarimetric interferometry for stimulating research
DIF Metadata With ‘View Related Information > How-To’ for users to add links to their “data recipes”. Related URL Content Type:
‘View Related Information > How-To’ for users to add links to their “data recipes”. GESDISC has been the largest user of this URL type in the DIF metadata. (URL requires NASA URS authentication)

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GES DISC

Name Description
How to Obtain Data in NetCDF Format via Mirador How-To guide to get data in netCDF from Mirador
How to Obtain Seasonal Data with Mirador How-To guide to search seasonal data from Mirador
How to Obtain Data in NetCDF Format via SSW How-To guide to get data in netCDF from SSW
How to Obtain a Spatio-temporal + Variable Subset of Data with the Simple Subset Wizard How-To guide to get subseted data from SSW
How to Obtain Spatial Subsetted Time Series in ASCII Format via GDS How-To guide to get data in ASCII from GDS
How to Obtain Spatially Subsetted Time-Series Data in One NetCDF File via GDS How-To guide to get data in netCDF from GDS
How to Obtain Data in NetCDF Format via OPeNDAP How-To guide to get data in netCDF from OPeNDAP
How to Read Data in HDF-5 Format with GrADS How-To guide to read gridded data in HDF5 format into GrADS
How to Remote Access Data in GDS with GrADS How-To guide to read gridded data in GSD service into GrADS
How to Obtain a Shapefile-based Data Subset with GrADS How-To guide to subset data for a shapefile with GrADS
How to Import Gridded Data in NetCDF Format into ArcGIS How-To guide to Import gridded data in NetCDF into ArcGIS
How to Import Satellite Swath Data in NetCDF Format into ArcGIS How-To guide to Import swath data in NetCDF into ArcGIS
Quick View Data with Panoply How-To guide to visualize data into Panoply - start
How to View Remote Data in OPeNDAP with Panoply How-To guide to visualize data into Panoply - remote access
How to Create an Image in KMZ format with Panoply How-To guide to visualize data into Panoply - save as KML
How to Combine Two Data Arrays in a Single Plot with Panoply How-To guide to visualize data into Panoply - combine two variables
How to View GLDAS or NLDAS data in GRIB format with Panoply How-To guide to visualize data into Panoply - GRIB format
GES DISC data and service FAQ GES DISC data and service FAQ
Giovanni User Manual The user manual of Giovanni system, containing quick start guide, short description of visualization functions, etc.
AIRS data FAQ FAQ for AIRS data, services and science
Aura data FAQ FAQ for Aura data, services and science
Aura data reader List of tools and sample script for reading Aura or other data in HDF-EOS5 format. The tools include C, IDL, HDFView, IDV, HEG, Giovanni, etc.
Atmospheric assimilation model data FAQ FAQ for land assimilation model data, MERRA, services and science
MEaSUREs data FAQ FAQ for MEaSUREs data, services and science
TRMM data FAQ FAQ for TRMM data, services and science
Land assimilation model data FAQ FAQ for land assimilation models (GLDAS, NLDAS) data, services and science
ACOS data reader Sample scripts to read ACOS data, including IDL, Python, Matlab
Giovanni usage video recipes in video to use Giovanni system. This was written for DICCE project
How to Create Wind Vector Plots with Panoply How to Create Wind Vector Plots with Panoply
How to Display Vertical Profile and Vertical Cross-Section with McIDAS-V How to Display Vertical Profile and Vertical Cross Section with McIDAS-V
How to Obtain Data for Conducting Hurricane Case Study Access integrated data for Conducting Hurricane Case Study

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GIBS

Name Description
GIBS Map Library Usage Several supported map libraries available to take advantage of GIBS via OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), Tiled Web Map Service (TWMS), and KML files. Includes a set of map libraries, code snippets, working examples, and screen captures designed to help in building a user interface to explore NASA's Earth imagery. Alternatively, these guidelines can also help to integrate that imagery into an existing client or to build scripts to retrieve imagery from GIBS.
GIBS Geographic Information System (GIS) Usage Several GIS and imagery viewing tools support access to NASA's GIBS via OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) and Tiled Web Map Service (TWMS) protocols. Includes a list of tools along with instructions and screen captures to help import imagery into them.

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LAADS

Name Description
LAADS and DATAPOOL DATA README Data holding description
README for collection 6 DEM files Data holding description
AMS Data README Data Readme
MAIAC Amazon Data Release: Readme Data Release: Readme
MODIS GEOGRAPHIC METADATA Special Geo. metadata description
Frequently Asked Questions faqs
MODAPS production and LAADS archive and distribution documents List of Documents Page

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LP DAAC

Name Description
MODIS Land Products QA Tutorial: Part 1 How to find, understand, and use the quality assurance information for MODIS land products.
MODIS Land Products QA Tutorial: Part 2 How to interpret and use MODIS QA information in the Vegetation Indices product suite.
MODIS Land Products QA Tutorial: Part 3 How to interpret and use MODIS QA information in the Land Surface Reflectance product suite.
MODIS Land Products QA Tutorial: Part 4 How to interpret and use MODIS QA information in the BRDF and Albedo product suite.
NASA LP DAAC ASTER data Overview of ASTER data and applications
NASA LP DAAC MODIS data Overview of MODIS data and applications
EarthExplorer – talk Overview of EE features and applications
EarthExplorer – uses cases Register for EE profile, Search for data, Create subscription
GloVis – talk Overview of GloVis features and applications
GloVis – use cases Search for data using GloVis
Reverb – talk Overview of Reverb features and applications
Reverb – use cases Register for Reverb account, Search for data
MRTWeb – talk Overview of MRTWeb features and applications
MRTWeb – use cases Use MRTWeb to Search, mosaic, and reformat data
GDEx – talk Overview of GDEx features and applications
GDEx – use cases Use GDEx to search for data
WELD - talk Overview of WELD features and applications
WELD - use cases Use WELD to search and download data
USGS Long Term Archive Data (presentation) Overview of EROS LTA and data
USGS Landsat Data (presentation) Overview of LANDSAT mission and data
BLM Remote Sensing Data Access Workshop
NPS Vegetation Inventory and Mapping Lessons Learned
USFW USGS Land Remote Sensing Data Access Workshop
LP DAAC Introduction to ASTER Data Introduction to ASTER Data Video On-Line Workshop
LP DAAC Introduction to MODIS Data Introduction to MODIS Data Video On-Line Workshop
Introduction to LP DAAC Data Pool Introduction to LP DAAC Data Pool Video On-Line Workshop
Accessing LP DAAC ASTER and MODIS products using GloVis Introduction to GloVis Video On-Line Workshop
Accessing LP DAAC ASTER and MODIS Products using EarthExplorer Introduction to EE Video On-Line Workshop
Introduction to Lidar Technology and FUSION Software Webinar This one-hour introductory webinar is designed to provide participants with an overview of Lidar technology and its effective and appropriate use for natural resource management. The webinar also includes a live demonstration of FUSION software and it capabilities for extracting useful information from raw Lidar “point clouds”.
Obtaining Remotely Sensed Imagery Webinar This two-hour webinar showcases useful web sites for obtaining remotely sensed imagery and other data, and demonstrates efficient methods and useful tips for effectively downloading your desired datasets.
Obtaining Remotely Sensed Imagery: A Guide to Online Resources for Satellite and Other Data (Web Tutorial) This tutorial introduces some popular data access web sites, and gives you step-by-step guidance on navigating, selecting, and downloading imagery and imagery-derived data. The tutorial covers data access web sites such as Earth Explorer, GloVIS, and the National Map Viewer.
User Guide for ASTER Data Acquisition Requests (DAR) Tool User Guide for ASTER DAR v 2.0
User Manual for MODIS Land Data Operational Products Evaluation (LDOPE) Tools User Manual for MODIS LDOPE Tools v1.4
User Manual for MODIS Reprojection Tool (MRT) User Manual for MRT v4.1
User Manual for MODIS Reprojection Tool Swath (MRTSwath) User Manual for MRTSwath v2.2
User Guide for Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Collection NASA SRTM v3.0 (SRTM Plus)
User Guide for the MODIS Land Cover Type Product (MCD12Q1) MCD12Q1, MCD12C1
MODIS Leaf Area Index (LAI)/Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FPAR) Product User's Guide MOD15A2, MYD15A2, MCD15A2, MCD15A3
User Guide for MOD44A Vegetative Cover Conversion MOD44A
User Guide for the MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields product Collection 5 Version 1 MOD44B
Global Data Explorer (GDEx) Data Access User Guide Gdex
LP DAAC2Disk Download Manager User Guide Release 1.0
North American Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Land Surface Emissivity Database Version (NAALSED) NAALSED version 3.0

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NASA ESW

Name Description
Mapping Our World interactive poster

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NSIDC DAAC

Name Description
NSIDC Support Help Topics Location of our support/help topics section of our web site: Contains links to FAQs, and How Tos
How do I import the near real-time sea ice data into ArcGIS? Instructions
How do I run NGAT? Instructions
How do I perform a search with Polaris? How To Guide
IceBridge Data Portal Help How to guide

Operation IceBridge Portal - Discover a Wealth of Polar Data (Part 1)
Operation IceBridge Portal - Discover a Wealth of Polar Data (Part 2)

Video tutorial on the NASA Operation IceBridge Data Portal
MS2GT: The MODIS Swath-to-Grid Toolbox Tutorial 1: Gridding MODIS 1 km Level-1B Data over Greenland Using mod02.pl
GLAS Visualizer for IDL User Guide How to
IDL Routines for Passive Microwave Data: Usage examples: Extract How to
EASE-Grid Geolocation tools example code
EOS-IT: A Data Imaging and Subsetting Tool tutorial and tool package

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ORNL DAAC

Name Description
About the ORNL DAAC website Website Introduction
Video tutorial of the ORNL DAAC search and order interface Video tutorial of the ORNL DAAC Search and Order Interface
Using the MODIS Global Tool Using the MODIS Global Tool
ORNL DAAC WebGIS Demonstration ORNL DAAC WebGIS Demonstration
Spatial Data Access Tool Spatial Data Access Tool
Accessing ORNL DAAC OGC Services Accessing ORNL DAAC OGC Services
Using Mercury, Advanced Product Search Using Mercury, Advanced Product Search
Introduction to the ORNL DAAC THREDDS Data Server Introduction to the ORNL DAAC THREDDS Data Server
Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in Matlab Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in Matlab
Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in Python Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in Python
Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in ArcGIS Use ORNL DAAC TDS Data Resources in ArcGIS
Environmental Data Management Best Practices Webinar Environmental Data Management Best Practices Webinar
MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool Webinar MODIS Global Subsetting and Visualization Tool Webinar
Data Management Practices for Early Career Scientists Workshop Data Management Practices for Early Career Scientists Workshop
NASA Tools for Remote Sensing in Ecology Research NASA Tools for Remote Sensing in Ecology Research
How to Prepare Ecological Data Sets for Effective Analysis and Sharing How to Prepare Ecological Data Sets for Effective Analysis and Sharing
Data Management: Tabular Webinar Data Management: Tabular Webinar
Data Management: Spatial Webinar Data Management: Spatial Webinar
Data Management for Data Providers (Plan, Manage, Archive, DAAC Curation, etc) Data Management for Data Providers (Plan, Manage, Archive, DAAC Curation, etc)
Best Pratices for Preparing Environmental Data Sets to Share and Archive Best Pratices for Preparing Environmental Data Sets to Share and Archive
Web and Web Services based tool that provides Subsets and Visualization of MODIS land products to facilitate land validation and field site characterization Web and Web Services based tool that provides Subsets and Visualization of MODIS land products to facilitate land validation and field site characterization. S.K. Santhana Vannan; R. B. Cook; B. E. Wilson. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 14-18 2009
MODIS Land Product Subsets MODIS Land Product Subsets,S.K. Santhana Vannan; R. B. Cook. November, 2009
MODIS Web Service MODIS Web Service, S.K. Santhana Vannan. ORNL DAAC UWG Meeting, May 2009
Subsetting Tools for MODIS Land Products: Time-series data for field sites Subsetting Tools for MODIS Land Products: Time-series data for field sites, R. B. Cook, S. M. Margle, S. K. Santhana Vannan, S. K. Holladay, and T. W. Beaty. Global Vegetation Workshop, Missoula MT, August 8-10, 2006
MODIS ASCII Subsets MODIS ASCII Subsets, R. B. Cook. May 2006
Subsets of Remote Sensing Products for AmeriFlux Sites: MODIS ASCII Subsets Subsets of Remote Sensing Products for AmeriFlux Sites: MODIS ASCII Subsets, AmeriFlux Annual Meeting, R. B. Cook, S. M. Margle, S. K. Holladay, F. A. Heinsch, and C. B. Schaaf. October 5-7, 2004, Boulder, Colorado
Comparing Satellite Data with Field Measurements and Models at Walker Branch Watershed Comparing Satellite Data with Field Measurements and Models at Walker Branch Watershed, Lisa Olsen, ORNL DAAC, April 2002
Flux-Model-MODIS Evaluation, presented by Dick Olson, at the Ecosystem Model-Data Intercomparison Workshop Flux-Model-MODIS Evaluation, presented by Dick Olson, at the Ecosystem Model-Data Intercomparison Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2002
Web Services: Accessing Daymet Data Web Services: Accessing Daymet Data

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Rapid Response

Name Description
Creating reprojected true color MODIS images Tutorial for creating reprojected true color MODIS images

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SEDAC

Name Description
Featured Uses of Data Selected examples of uses of SEDAC data.
Citing Our Data Guidance for citing SEDAC data.
Guides Selection of guides that introduce users to data and issues.
CIESIN Thematic Guide to Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) An introduction to land use and land cover changes; key topics include deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, land cover and the water cycle, land cover and the carbon cycle, and urbanization.
CIESIN Thematic Guide to Social Science Applications of Remote Sensing An introduction to remote sensing for a non-technical audience, as well as a look at the application of remote sensing to social science research questions; with examples of social science applications in six different fields, and a table listing the characteristics of major sensors.
CIESIN Thematic Guide to Nighttime Light Remote Sensing and its Applications This extensively illustrated guide introduces users to the types of night-time light data available, its characteristics and limitations. It details the distinguishing features of the stable lights, radiance calibrated and time series Average DN data sets.
A Guide to Global Population Projections A discussion drawing on new practices and new thinking on issues related to global population prediction, including assumptions on which projections are based; comparison of methodologies and recent results from prominent institutions; and pointers to other sources of demographic information and projection results.
Map Gallery Several sets of maps from data that can be selected by theme, region, location, or retrieved via search query.
Map Services Example of how to create a WMS layer instance using the Open Source JavaScript library OpenLayers.
Mapping Tools Selection of tools that can be used to analyze and visualize data.
Knowledge Base Searchable knowledge base of questions and answers about SEDAC data.
Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI) FAQ FAQ

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Worldview

Name Description
Worldview Tour Interactive tour through Worldview capabilities

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