Data Recipes

These tutorials or step-by-step instructions have been developed by NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) staff or EOSDIS systems engineers to help users learn how to discover, access, subset, visualize and use our data, information, tools and services. These recipes cover many different data products across the Earth science disciplines and different processing languages/software.

Title Description DAAC
ASDC Data Recipes

NASA's Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) Distributive Active Archive Center (DAAC) projects focus on the Earth science disciplines Radiation Budget, Clouds, Aerosols and Tropospheric Composition, and specializes in atmospheric data important to understanding the causes and processes of global climate change and the consequences of human activities on the climate. ASDC offers Direct Data Download (DDD) access, and enhanced search and subsetting capabilities for many CALIPSO, CERES, MISR, MOPITT and TES products. Project tutorials, StoryMaps and Jupyter Notebooks are available for helping users learn to navigate product information and tools for working with the data.

ASF DAAC Data Recipes

NASA's Alaska Satellite Facility DAAC (ASF DAAC) specializes in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data collection, processing, archiving, and distribution. These data are or were acquired by SAR sensors on many different space and airborne platforms, including: European Space Agency's Sentinel-1 constellation and European Remote Sensing satellites (ERS-1 and ERS-2); Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Japanese Earth Resources Satellite (JERS-1) and Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS); Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT-1 satellite, and NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, Airborne SAR (AIRSAR), Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle SAR (UAVSAR), Seasat, and NASA-Indian Space Research Organisation SAR (NISAR) mission. ASF DAAC archive provides SAR data to download at no cost and, for most datasets, without restriction using the Vertex Data Search portal and ASF API. Data recipes and tools created by ASF staff and scientists that demonstrate many of the ways SAR data can be processed and used for Earth observation are available on the ASF DAAC website.

CDDIS Data Recipes

NASA's Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) is NASA’s data archive and information service supporting the international space geodesy community. CDDIS serves as one of the core components for the geometric services established under the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), an organization that promotes scientific cooperation and research in geodesy on a global scale. CDDIS provides continuous, long term, public access to the data and derived products from a global network of observing stations equipped with one or more of the following measurement techniques: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR), Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), and Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS). CDDIS also provides products derived from these data required for a variety of science observations, including the determination of a global terrestrial reference frame and geodetic studies in plate tectonics, earthquake displacements, volcano monitoring, Earth orientation, and atmospheric angular momentum, among others.

GES DISC Data Recipes NASA's Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) archives NASA satellite and model data related to atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, precipitation, hydrology, solar irradiance, weather, and climate. GES DISC’s “How-To” document library provides instructions on downloading and importing data into analytical software packages, the use of GES DISC visualization and analysis tools, analyzing GES DISC data with other available tools, and data format conversion procedures. Several of the GES DISC “How-To” documents are provided as Jupyter Notebooks.  GES DISC
GHRC DAAC Data Recipes

The mission of NASA's Global Hydrometeorology Resource Center DAAC (GHRC DAAC) is to provide a comprehensive active archive of both data and knowledge augmentation services with a focus on hazardous weather, its governing dynamical and physical processes, and associated applications. Within this broad mandate, GHRC DAAC focuses on lightning, tropical cyclones and storm-induced hazards through integrated collections of satellite, airborne, and in-situ data sets. HyDRO 2.0, a data search tool, is provided to help users locate and obtain GHRC DAAC data. Tutorials or step-by-step instructions have been developed by GHRC DAAC staff to help you learn to discover, visualize and use new data, information, software and techniques. These recipes cover a variety of datasets and processing languages/software.

LAADS DAAC Data Recipes

NASA's Level-1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System DAAC (LAADS DAAC), serves the global NASA Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) science and applications communities through efficient access to science data products, services, tools, and all related resources. The "LAADS Web Tutorials" describes the process-flows involved in searching for, accessing, and acquiring MODIS, VIIRS, and other publicly available data products from the LAADS Web. It describes how users may accomplish these tasks through three different processes. 

LP DAAC Data Recipes NASA’s Land Processes DAAC (LP DAAC) archives and distributes land data products derived from sensors aboard Earth observing satellites, the International Space Station (ISS), space shuttles, and other remote sensing platforms. In addition to data management responsibilities, LP DAAC produces a diverse collection of high-quality E-Learning resources including informational videos, workshop materials, and data tutorials and scripts written in Python and R. These resources highlight and demonstrate the use of LP DAAC data products, tools, and services. LP DAAC
NSIDC DAAC Data Recipes NASA's National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC (NSIDC DAAC) provides data and information on snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, ice shelves, frozen ground, soil moisture, cryosphere, and climate interactions, in support of research in global change detection, model validation, and water resource management. NSIDC DAAC
OB.DAAC Data Recipes

NASA's Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC) is responsible for archiving satellite ocean biology data produced or collected under EOSDIS. Holdings include data from a mixture of historical and current missions, as well as from both NASA and partner space organizations. There are many methods to retrieve data, which are described on our data discovery page. NASA's OceanColor YouTube channel provides a host of webinars introducing users to the range of offerings within the OBPG, as well as tutorial videos demonstrating how to perform common tasks using our in-house data analysis software. Additionally, the OceanColor Forum is available describing solutions to a large number of questions submitted by the scientific community.

ORNL DAAC Data Recipes NASA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory DAAC (ORNL DAAC) for Biogeochemical Dynamics is operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is a member of the Remote Sensing and Environmental Informatics Group of the Environmental Sciences Division. ORNL DAAC's mission is to assemble, distribute, and provide data services for a comprehensive archive of terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecological dynamics observations and models to facilitate research, education, and decision-making in support of NASA’s Earth science. ORNL DAAC
PO.DAAC Data Recipes NASA's Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC) is operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The mission of PO.DAAC is to preserve NASA’s ocean and climate data and make these universally accessible and meaningful.

PO.DAAC has become the premier data center for measurements focused on sea surface topography, ocean temperature, ocean winds, salinity, gravity, and ocean circulation. PO.DAAC acts as a gateway to data stored at other ocean and climate archives. This and other tools and services enable PO.DAAC to support a wide user community working in areas such as ocean and climate research, applied science and industry, natural resource management, policy making, and general public consumption.

SEDAC Data Recipes NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center 9SEDAC) focuses on human interactions in the environment. SEDAC has as its mission to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between earth sciences and social sciences. SEDAC
NASA VIIRS 375 m and 750 m Active Fire Products User's Guide (Version 1.4) User guide for NASA VIIRS 375 m and 750 m Active Fire Products (Version 1.4) FIRMS
MODIS Collection 6 Active Fire Product User’s Guide (Revision B) User guide for using MODIS Collection 6 Active Fire Product (Revision B) FIRMS
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
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. GIBS
Creating reprojected true color MODIS images Tutorial for creating reprojected true color MODIS images MODIS Rapid Response
How To Access Data With cURL And Wget When using cURL or Wget to access data over HTTP from a web server configured for Earthdata Login authentication. Data Access How-To
How To Access Data With Python Python code example demonstrating how to configure a connection to download data from an Earthdata Login enabled server. Data Access How-To
How To Access Data With Java Java code example demonstrating how to configure a connection to download data from an Earthdata Login enabled server. Data Access How-To
How To Access Data With PHP PHP code example demonstrates how to configure a connection to download data from an Earthdata Login enabled server. Data Access How-To
How To Access Data With PyDAP PyDAP developer guide for implementing a module to authenticate with Earthdata Login. Data Access How-To
How To Access Data With C Sharp (C#) C# code example demonstrates how to configure a connection to download data from an Earthdata Login enabled server. Data Access How-To
How To Access Earthdata Login Enabled DAP Services For information on configuring a wide variety of clients. Data Access How-To
How to access data with R Example of how to obtain your data in way that caches your user credentials, not requiring repeated requests to URS for authorization. Data Access How-To
Data Download Script (Perl) Generic data download script that can be used to download data files from Earthdata Login enabled servers. Data Access How-To
Data Download Script (Python) ASF DAAC's Python download script. Data Access How-To


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