Bowerbird

Overview

Often it’s desirable to have local copies of third-party data sets. Fetching data on the fly from remote sources can be a great strategy, but for speed or other reasons it may be better to have local copies. This is particularly common in environmental and other sciences that deal with large data sets (e.g. satellite or global climate model products). Bowerbird is an R package for maintaining a local collection of data sets from a range of data providers.

Bowerbird can be used in several different modes:

  • interactively from the R console, to download or update data files on an as-needed basis
  • from the command line, perhaps as a regular scheduled task
  • programatically, including from within other R packages, scripts, or R markdown documents that require local copies of particular data files.

When might you consider using bowerbird rather than, say, curl or crul? The principal advantage of bowerbird is that it can download files recursively. In many cases, it is only necessary to specify the top-level URL, and bowerbird can recursively download linked resources. Bowerbird can also:

  • decompress downloaded files (if the remote server provides them in, say, zipped or gzipped form).

  • incrementally update files that you have previously downloaded. Bowerbird can be instructed not to re-download files that exist locally, unless they have changed on the remote server. Compressed files will also only be decompressed if changed.

Installing

install.packages("devtools")
library(devtools)
install_github("ropensci/bowerbird",build_vignettes=TRUE)

Usage overview

Configuration

Build up a configuration by first defining global options such as the destination on your local file system:

library(bowerbird)
my_directory <- "~/my/data/directory"
cf <- bb_config(local_file_root = my_directory)

Bowerbird must then be told which data sources to synchronize. Let’s use data from the Australian 2016 federal election, which is provided as one of the example data sources:

my_source <- bb_example_sources("Australian Election 2016 House of Representatives data")

## add this data source to the configuration
cf <- bb_add(cf, my_source)

Once the configuration has been defined and the data source added to it, we can run the sync process. We set verbose = TRUE here so that we see additional progress output:

status <- bb_sync(cf, verbose = TRUE)

Congratulations! You now have your own local copy of your chosen data set. This particular example is fairly small (about 10MB), so it should not take too long to download. Details of the files in this data set are given in the status$files object:

status$files

At a later time you can re-run this synchronization process. If the remote files have not changed, and assuming that your configuration has the clobber parameter set to 0 (“do not overwrite existing files”) or 1 (“overwrite only if the remote file is newer than the local copy”) then the sync process will run more quickly because it will not need to re-download any data files.

Users: level of usage and expected knowledge

Users can interact with bowerbird at several levels, with increasing levels of complexity:

  1. Using bowerbird with data source definitions that have been written by someone else. This is fairly straightforward.

  2. Writing your own data source definitions so that you can download data from a new data provider, but using an existing handler such as bb_handler_rget. This is a little more complicated. You will need reasonable knowledge of how your data provider disseminates its files (including e.g. the source URL from which data files are to be downloaded, and how the data repository is structured). Be prepared to fiddle with rget settings to accommodate provider-specific requirements (e.g. controlling recursion behaviour). The “Defining data sources” section below provides guidance and examples on writing data source definitions.

  3. Writing your own handler function for data providers that do not play nicely with the packaged handlers (bb_handler_rget, bb_handler_oceandata, bb_handler_earthdata). This is the trickiest, and at the time of writing we have not provided much guidance on how to do this. See the “Writing new data source handlers” section, below.

It is expected that the majority of users will fall into one of the first two categories.

Defining data sources

Prepackaged data source definitions

A few example data source definitions are provided as part of the bowerbird package — see bb_example_sources() (these are also listed at the bottom of this document).

Other packages provide data source definitions that can be used with bowerbird. The blueant package provides a suite of bowerbird data source definitions themed around Southern Ocean and Antarctic data, and includes a range of oceanographic, meteorological, topographic, and other environmental data sets.

Defining your own data sources

The general bowerbird workflow is to build up a configuration with one or more data sources, and pass that configuration object to the bb_sync function to kick off the download process. Each data source contains the details required by bowerbird to be able to fetch it, including a handler function that bb_sync will call to do the actual download.

The bb_handler_rget function is a generic handler function that will be suitable for many data sources. Note that this bb_handler_rget function is not intended to be called directly by the user, but is specified as part of a data source specification. The bb_sync function calls bb_handler_rget during its run, passing appropriate parameters as it does so.

bb_handler_rget is a wrapper around bb_rget, which is a recursive file downloading utility. Typically, one only needs to define a data source in terms of its top-level URL and appropriate flags to pass to bb_rget, along with some basic metadata (primarily intended to be read by the user).

Specifying a data source is done by the bb_source function. This can seem a little daunting, so let’s work through some examples. Most of these examples are included in bb_example_sources().

Example 1: a single data file

Say we’ve found this bathymetric data set and we want to define a data source for it. It’s a single zip file that contains some ArcGIS binary grids. A minimal data source definition might look like this:

src1 <- bb_source(
    name = "Geoscience Australia multibeam bathymetric grids of the Macquarie Ridge",
    id = "10.4225/25/53D9B12E0F96E",
    doc_url = "https://doi.org/10.4225/25/53D9B12E0F96E",
    license = "CC-BY 4.0",
    citation = "Spinoccia, M., 2012. XYZ multibeam bathymetric grids of the Macquarie Ridge. Geoscience Australia, Canberra.",
    source_url = "http://www.ga.gov.au/corporate_data/73697/Macquarie_ESRI_Raster.zip",
    method = list("bb_handler_rget"))

The parameters provided here are all mandatory:

  • id is a unique identifier for the dataset, and should be something that changes when the data set is updated. Its DOI, if it has one, is ideal for this. Otherwise, if the original data provider has an identifier for this dataset, that is probably a good choice here (include the data version number if there is one)
  • name is a human-readable but still unique identifier
  • doc_url is a link to a metadata record or documentation page that describes the data in detail
  • license is the license under which the data are being distributed, and is required so that users are aware of the conditions that govern the usage of the data
  • citation gives citation details for the data source. It’s generally considered good practice to cite data providers, and indeed under some data licenses this is in fact mandatory
  • the method parameter is specified as a list, where the first entry is the name of the handler function that will be used to retrieve this data set (bb_handler_rget, in this case) and the remaining entries are data-source-specific arguments to pass to that function (none here)
  • and finally the source_url tells bowerbird where to go to get the data.

Add this data source to a configuration and synchronize it:

cf <- bb_config("c:/temp/data/bbtest") %>% bb_add(src1)
status <- bb_sync(cf)

This should have caused the zip file to be downloaded to your local machine, in this case into the c:/temp/data/bbtest/www.ga.gov.au/corporate_data/73697 directory.

There are a few additional entries that we might consider for this data source, particularly if we are going to make it available for other users.

Firstly, having the zip file locally is great, but we will need to unzip it before we can actually use it. Bowerbird can do this by specifying a postprocess action:

src1 <- bb_source(..., postprocess = list("bb_unzip"))

For the benefit of other users, we might also add the description, collection_size, and data_group parameters:

  • description provides a plain-language description of the data set, so that users can get an idea of what it contains (for full details they can consult the doc_url link that you already provided)
  • collection_size is the approximate disk space (in GB) used by the data collection. Some collections are very large! This parameter obviously gives an indication of the storage space required, but also the download size (noting though that some data sources deliver compressed files, so the download size might be much smaller)
  • data_group is a descriptive or thematic group name that this data set belongs to. This can also help users find data sources of interest to them
  • access_function can be used to suggest to users an appropriate function to read these data files. In this case the files can be read by the raster function (from the raster package).

So our full data source definition now looks like:

src1 <- bb_source(
    name = "Geoscience Australia multibeam bathymetric grids of the Macquarie Ridge",
    id = "10.4225/25/53D9B12E0F96E",
    description = "This is a compilation of all the processed multibeam bathymetry data that are publicly available in Geoscience Australia's data holding for the Macquarie Ridge.",
    doc_url = "https://doi.org/10.4225/25/53D9B12E0F96E",
    license = "CC-BY 4.0",
    citation = "Spinoccia, M., 2012. XYZ multibeam bathymetric grids of the Macquarie Ridge. Geoscience Australia, Canberra.",
    source_url = "http://www.ga.gov.au/corporate_data/73697/Macquarie_ESRI_Raster.zip",
    method = list("bb_handler_rget"),
    postprocess = list("bb_unzip"),
    collection_size = 0.4,
    access_function = "raster::raster",
    data_group = "Topography")

Example 2: multiple files via recursive download

This data source (Australian Election 2016 House of Representatives data) is provided as one of the example data sources in bb_example_sources(), but let’s look in a little more detail here.

The primary entry point to this data set is an HTML index page, which links to a number of data files. In principle we could generate a list of all of these data files and download them one by one, but that would be tedious and prone to breaking (if the data files changed our hard-coded list would no longer be correct). Instead we can start at the HTML index and recursively download linked data files.

The definition for this data source is:

src2 <- bb_source(
    name = "Australian Election 2016 House of Representatives data",
    id = "aus-election-house-2016",
    description = "House of Representatives results from the 2016 Australian election.",
    doc_url = "http://results.aec.gov.au/",
    citation = "Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2017. As far as practicable, material for which the copyright is owned by a third party will be clearly labelled. The AEC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that this material has been reproduced on this website with the full consent of the copyright owners.",
    source_url = c("http://results.aec.gov.au/20499/Website/HouseDownloadsMenu-20499-Csv.htm"),
    license = "CC-BY",
    method = list("bb_handler_rget", level = 1, accept_download = "\\.csv$"),
    collection_size=0.01)

Most of these parameters will be familiar from the previous example, but the method definition is more complex. Let’s look at the entries in the method list (these are all parameters that get passed to the bb_rget() function):

  • level = 1 specifies that bb_rget should download recursively, but only recurse down one level (i.e. follow links found in the top-level source_url document, but don’t recurse any deeper. If, say, we specified level = 2, then bb_rget would follow links from the top-level document as well as links found in those linked documents.)
  • accept_download = "\\.csv$" means that we only want to retrieve csv files.

Add this data source to a configuration and synchronize it:

cf <- bb_config("c:/temp/data/bbtest") %>% bb_add(src2)
status <- bb_sync(cf)

Once again the data have been saved into a subdirectory that reflects the URL structure (c:/temp/data/bbtest/results.aec.gov.au/20499/Website/Downloads). If you examine that directory, you will see that it contains around 50 separate csv files, each containing a different component of the data set.

You can immediately see that by using a recursive download, not only did we not need to individually specify all 50 of those data files, but if the data provider adds new files in the future the recursive download process will automatically find them (so long as they are linked from the top-level source_url document).

Example 3: an Earthdata source

The Earthdata system is one of NASA’s data management systems and home to a vast range of Earth science data from satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and other sources. Say you had a rummage through their data catalogue and found yourself wanting a copy of Sea Ice Trends and Climatologies from SMMR and SSM/I-SSMIS.

Data sources served through the Earthdata system require users to have an Earthdata account, and to log in with their credential when downloading data. Bowerbird’s bb_handler_earthdata function eases some of the hassle involved with these Earthdata sources.

First, let’s create an account and get ourselves access to the data.

  1. create an Earthdata login via https://wiki.earthdata.nasa.gov/display/EL/How+To+Register+With+Earthdata+Login if you don’t already have one

  2. we need to know the URL of the actual data. The metadata record for this data set contains a “Get data” button, which in turn directs the user to this URL: https://daacdata.apps.nsidc.org/pub/DATASETS/nsidc0192_seaice_trends_climo_v2/. That’s the data URL (which will be used as the source_url in our data source definition)

  3. browse to the that data URL, using your Earthdata login to authenticate. When you use access an Earthdata application for the first time, you will be requested to authorize it so that it can access data using your credentials (see https://wiki.earthdata.nasa.gov/display/EL/How+To+Register+With+Earthdata+Login). This dataset is served by the NSIDC DAAC application, so you will need to authorize this application (either through browsing as just described, or go to ‘My Applications’ at https://urs.earthdata.nasa.gov/profile and add the application ‘nsidc-daacdata’ to your list of authorized applications)

You only need to create an Earthdata login once. If you want to download other Earthdata data sets via bowerbird, you’ll use the same credentials, but note that you may need to authorize additional applications, depending on where your extra data sets come from.

Now that we have access to the data, we can write our bowerbird data source:

src3 <- bb_source(
    name = "Sea Ice Trends and Climatologies from SMMR and SSM/I-SSMIS, Version 2",
    id = "10.5067/EYICLBOAAJOU",
    description = "NSIDC provides this data set to aid in the investigations of the variability and trends of sea ice cover. Ice cover in these data are indicated by sea ice concentration: the percentage of the ocean surface covered by ice. The ice-covered area indicates how much ice is present; it is the total area of a pixel multiplied by the ice concentration in that pixel. Ice persistence is the percentage of months over the data set time period that ice existed at a location. The ice-extent indicates whether ice is present; here, ice is considered to exist in a pixel if the sea ice concentration exceeds 15 percent. This data set provides users with data about total ice-covered areas, sea ice extent, ice persistence, and monthly climatologies of sea ice concentrations.",
    doc_url = "https://doi.org/10.5067/EYICLBOAAJOU",
    citation = "Stroeve, J. and W. Meier. 2017. Sea Ice Trends and Climatologies from SMMR and SSM/I-SSMIS, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/EYICLBOAAJOU. [Date Accessed].",
    source_url = c("https://daacdata.apps.nsidc.org/pub/DATASETS/nsidc0192_seaice_trends_climo_v2/"),
    license = "Please cite, see http://nsidc.org/about/use_copyright.html",
    authentication_note = "Requires Earthdata login, see https://wiki.earthdata.nasa.gov/display/EL/How+To+Register+With+Earthdata+Login . Note that you will also need to authorize the application 'nsidc-daacdata' (see 'My Applications' at https://urs.earthdata.nasa.gov/profile)",
    method = list("bb_handler_earthdata", level = 4, relative = TRUE, accept_download = "\\.(s|n|png|txt)$"),
    user = "your_earthdata_username",
    password = "your_earthdata_password",
    collection_size = 0.02,
    data_group = "Sea ice")

This is very similar to our previous examples, with these differences:

  • the method specifies bb_handler_earthdata (whereas previously we used bb_handler_rget). The bb_handler_earthdata is actually just a wrapper around bb_handler_rget, but it takes care of some Earthdata-specific details like authentication using your Earthdata credentials
  • relative = TRUE means that bb_rget will only follow relative links (i.e. links of the form <a href="/some/directory/">...</a>, which by definition must be on the same server as our source_url). Absolute links (i.e. links of the form <a href="http://some.other.server/some/path">...</a> will not be followed. This is another mechanism to prevent the recursive download from downloading stuff we don’t want
  • we have specified the file types that we want via the accept_download parameter.

Note that if you were providing this data source definition for other people to use, you would obviously not want to hard-code your Earthdata credentials in the user and password slots. In this case, specify the credentials as empty strings, and also include warn_empty_auth = FALSE in the data source definition (this suppresses the warning that bb_source would otherwise give you about missing credentials):

src3 <- bb_source(
    name = "Sea Ice Trends and Climatologies from SMMR and SSM/I-SSMIS, Version 2",
    ... details as above...,
    user = "",
    password = "",
    warn_empty_auth = FALSE)

When another user wants to use this data source, they simply insert their own credentials, e.g.:

mysrc <- src3
mysrc$user <- "theirusername"
mysrc$password <- "theirpassword"

## or, do the same with the pipe operator and bb_modify_source
mysrc <- src3 %>% bb_modify_source(user = "theirusername", password = "theirpassword")

## then proceed as per usual
cf <- bb_add(cf, mysrc)

Example 4: an Oceandata source

NASA’s Oceandata system provides access to a range of satellite-derived marine data products. The bb_oceandata_handler can be used to download these data. It uses a two-step process: first it makes a query to the Oceancolour data file search tool (https://oceandata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/search/file_search.cgi) to find files that match your specified criterion, and then downloads the matching files.

Oceandata uses standardized file naming conventions (see https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/format/), so once you know which products you want you can construct a suitable file name pattern to search for. For example, “S*L3m_MO_CHL_chlor_a_9km.nc" would match monthly level-3 mapped chlorophyll data from the SeaWiFS satellite at 9km resolution, in netcdf format. This pattern is passed as the search argument to the bb_handler_oceandata handler function. Note that the bb_handler_oceandata does not need a source_url to be specified in the bb_source call.

Here, for the sake of a small example, we’ll limit ourselves to a single file (“T20000322000060.L3m_MO_SST_sst_9km.nc”, which is sea surface temperature from the Terra satellite in February 2000):

src4 <- bb_source(
    name = "Oceandata test file",
    id = "oceandata-test",
    description = "Monthly, 9km remote-sensed sea surface temperature from the MODIS Terra satellite",
    doc_url = "https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/",
    citation = "See https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/cms/citations",
    license = "Please cite",
    method = list("bb_handler_oceandata", search="T20000322000060.L3m_MO_SST_sst_9km.nc"),
    data_group = "Sea surface temperature")

## add this source to a configuration and synchronize it:
cf <- bb_config("c:/temp/data/bbtest") %>% bb_add(src4)
status <- bb_sync(cf)

## and our local copy of this data file:
status$files[[1]]$file

Nuances

Bowerbird hands off the complexities of recursive downloading to the bb_rget utility. This allows bowerbird’s data source definitions to be fairly lightweight and more robust to changes by the data provider. However, one of the consequences of this approach is that bowerbird actually knows very little about the data files that it maintains, which can be limiting in some respects. It is not generally possible, for example, to provide the user with an indication of overall download progress (progress bar or similar) for a given data source because neither bowerbird nor bb_rget actually know in advance how many files are in it or how big they are. Data sources do have a collection_size entry, to give the user some indication of the disk space required, but this is only approximate (and must be hand-coded by the data source maintainer). See the ‘Reducing download sizes’ section below for tips on retrieving only a subset of a large data source.

Recursive download

  • the synchronization process saves files relative to the local_file_root directory specified in bb_config. The bb_rget function saves files into a directory structure that follows the URL structure. For example, calling bb_rget("http://www.somewhere.org/monkey/banana/dataset.zip") will save the local file www.somewhere.org/monkey/banana/dataset.zip. Thus, bb_rget will keep data files from different sources naturally separated into their own directories

Recursion is a powerful tool but will sometimes download much more than you really wanted. There are various methods for restricting the recursion:

  • if you want to include/exclude certain files from being downloaded, use the accept_follow, reject_follow, accept_download, and reject_download parameters. The *_follow parameters control which links will be followed by the recursive spidering process, whereas the *_download parameters control which data files will be downloaded

  • no_parent = TRUE prevents bb_rget from ascending to a parent directory during its recursion process, because if it did so it would likely be downloading files that are not part of the data set that we want (this is TRUE by default). In some cases, though, you might want the recursion to ascend to a parent directory, and therefore need to override the default setting

Other tips and tricks, including resolving recursive download issues

  • no_check_certificate = TRUE will allow a download from a secure server to proceed even if the server’s certificate checks fail. This option might be useful if trying to download files from a server with an expired certificate, but it is clearly a security risk and so should be used with caution

  • setting wait will cause bb_rget to pause for this number of seconds between successive retrievals. This option may help with servers that block multiple successive requests, by introducing a delay between requests

  • if bb_rget is not behaving as expected, try adding debug = TRUE. This gives debugging output from the underlying libcurl calls (which is additional to the output obtained by calling bb_sync(...,verbose=TRUE)).

Choosing a data directory

It’s up to you where you want your data collection kept, and to provide that location to bowerbird. A common use case for bowerbird is maintaining a central data collection for multiple users, in which case that location is likely to be some sort of networked file share. However, if you are keeping a collection for your own use, you might like to look at https://github.com/r-lib/rappdirs to help find a suitable directory location.

Post-processing

Decompressing files

If the data source delivers compressed files, you will most likely want to decompress them after downloading. The postprocess options bb_decompress, bb_unzip, etc will do this for you. By default, these do not delete the compressed files after decompressing. The reason for this is so that on the next synchronization run, the local (compressed) copy can be compared to the remote compressed copy, and the download can be skipped if nothing has changed. Deleting local compressed files will save space on your file system, but may result in every file being re-downloaded on every synchronization run.

See help("bb_unzip") for more information, including usage examples.

Deleting unwanted files

The bb_cleanup postprocessing option can be used to remove unwanted files after downloading. See See help("bb_cleanup").

Modifying data sources

Authentication

Some data providers require users to log in. The authentication_note column in the configuration table should indicate when this is the case, including a reference (e.g. the URL via which an account can be obtained). For these sources, you will need to provide your user name and password, e.g.:

mysrc <- bb_example_sources("CMEMS global gridded SSH reprocessed (1993-ongoing)")
mysrc$user <- "yourusername"
mysrc$password <- "yourpassword"
cf <- bb_add(cf, mysrc)

## or, using the pipe operator
mysrc <- bb_example_sources("CMEMS global gridded SSH reprocessed (1993-ongoing)") %>%
  bb_modify_source(user = "yourusername", password = "yourpassword")
cf <- cf %>% bb_add(mysrc)

Reducing download sizes

Sometimes you might only want part of a data collection. Perhaps you only want a few years from a long-term collection, or perhaps the data are provided in multiple formats and you only need one. If the data source uses the bb_handler_rget method, you can restrict what is downloaded by modifying the arguments passed through the data source’s method parameter, particularly the accept_follow, reject_follow, accept_download, and reject_download options. If you are modifying an existing data source configuration, you most likely want to leave the original method flags intact and just add extra flags.

Say a particular data provider uses predictable file name patterns that include the year information. It would be fairly easy to restrict ourselves to only the 2017 data using the accept option. Here we use the bb_modify_source helper function to do so:

mysrc <- bb_example_sources("CMEMS global gridded SSH reprocessed (1993-ongoing)") %>%
  bb_modify_source(user = "yourusername", password = "yourpassword",
    method = list(accept_follow = "/2017"))

cf <- cf %>% bb_add(mysrc)

Alternatively, for data sources that are arranged in subdirectories, one could replace the source_url with one or more that point to the specific subdirectories that are wanted.

Parallelized sync

If you have many data sources in your configuration, running the sync in parallel is likely to speed the process up considerably (unless your bandwidth is the limiting factor). A logical approach to this would be to split a configuration, with a subset of data sources in each (see bb_subset), and run those subsets in parallel. One potential catch to keep in mind would be data sources that hit the same remote data provider. If they overlap overlap in terms of the parts of the remote site that they are mirroring, that might invoke odd behaviour (race conditions, simultaneous downloads of the same file by different parallel processes, etc).

Data provenance and reproducible research

An aspect of reproducible research is knowing which data were used to perform an analysis, and potentially archiving those data to an appropriate repository. Bowerbird can assist with this: see vignette("data_provenance").

Developer notes

Writing new data source handlers

The bb_handler_rget R function provides a wrapper around bb_rget that should be sufficient for many data sources. However, some data sources need a more elaborate method. Notes will be added here about defining new handler functions, but in the meantime look at bb_handler_oceandata and bb_handler_earthdata, which provide handlers for Oceandata and Earthdata data sources.

Data source summary

The bb_summary function will produce a HTML or Rmarkdown summary of the data sources contained in a configuration object. If you are maintaining a data collection on behalf of other users, or even just for yourself, it may be useful to keep an up-to-date HTML summary of your repository in an accessible location. Users can refer to this summary to see which data are in the repository and some details about them.

Here is a bb_summary of the example data source definitions that are provided as part of the bowerbird package:

Data group: Altimetry

CMEMS global gridded SSH reprocessed (1993-ongoing)

For the Global Ocean - Multimission altimeter satellite gridded sea surface heights and derived variables computed with respect to a twenty-year mean. Previously distributed by Aviso+, no change in the scientific content. All the missions are homogenized with respect to a reference mission which is currently OSTM/Jason-2. VARIABLES

  • sea_surface_height_above_sea_level (SSH)

  • surface_geostrophic_eastward_sea_water_velocity_assuming_sea_level_for_geoid (UVG)

  • surface_geostrophic_northward_sea_water_velocity_assuming_sea_level_for_geoid (UVG)

  • sea_surface_height_above_geoid (SSH)

  • surface_geostrophic_eastward_sea_water_velocity (UVG)

  • surface_geostrophic_northward_sea_water_velocity (UVG)

Authentication note: Copernicus Marine login required, see http://marine.copernicus.eu/services-portfolio/register-now/

Approximate size: 310 GB

Documentation link: http://cmems-resources.cls.fr/?option=com_csw&view=details&tab=info&product_id=SEALEVEL_GLO_PHY_L4_REP_OBSERVATIONS_008_047

Data group: Electoral

Australian Election 2016 House of Representatives data

House of Representatives results from the 2016 Australian election.

Approximate size: 0.01 GB

Documentation link: http://results.aec.gov.au/

Data group: Ocean colour

Oceandata SeaWiFS Level-3 mapped monthly 9km chl-a

Monthly remote-sensing chlorophyll-a from the SeaWiFS satellite at 9km spatial resolution

Approximate size: 7.2 GB

Documentation link: https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Data group: Sea ice

Data group: Sea surface temperature

NOAA OI SST V2

Weekly and monthly mean and long-term monthly mean SST data, 1-degree resolution, 1981 to present. Ice concentration data are also included, which are the ice concentration values input to the SST analysis

Approximate size: 0.9 GB

Documentation link: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.noaa.oisst.v2.html

Data group: Topography

Bathymetry of Lake Superior

A draft version of the Lake Superior Bathymetry was compiled as a component of a NOAA project to rescue Great Lakes lake floor geological and geophysical data, and make it more accessible to the public. No time frame has been set for completing bathymetric contours of Lake Superior, though a 3 arc-second (~90 meter cell size) grid is available.

Approximate size: 0.03 GB

Documentation link: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/greatlakes/superior.html