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This page is a catalog of the datasets that have been tested to work well for access with the Geo Data Portal. Select one of the buttons below to see a list of these datasets. At its core, the Geo Data Portal is an advanced Open Geospatial Consortium Web Processing Service that can be used in a wide variety of applications against any web-accessible standards-compliant dataset. If you'd like to see all the datasets that are compatible with one of the processing types the Geo Data Portal can perform, select one of those buttons below.
The increasing availability of downscaled climate projections and other large data products that summarize or predict climate and land use conditions, is making use of these data more common in research and management. Scientists and decisionmakers often need to construct ensembles and compare climate hindcasts and future projections for particular spatial areas. These tasks generally require an investigator to procure all datasets of interest en masse, integrate the various data formats and representations into commonly accessible and comparable formats, and then extract the subsets of the datasets that are actually of interest. This process can be challenging and time intensive due to data-transfer, -storage, and(or) -processing limits, or unfamiliarity with methods of accessing climate and land use data. Data management for modeling and assessing the impacts of future climate conditions is also becoming increasingly expensive due to the size of the datasets. The Geo Data Portal addresses these limitations, making access to numerous climate datasets for particular areas of interest a simple and efficient task.