This is a curated selection of external available data for ecology

AdapteCCA climate change scenario visualisation tool

Tool to visualize and download climate change projections for Spain

AEMET network

Spanish automatic meteorological stations network

AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora

AusTraits synthesises data on 448 traits across 28,640 taxa from field campaigns, published literature, taxonomic monographs, and individual taxon descriptions. Traits vary in scope from physiological measures of performance (e.g. photosynthetic gas exchange, water-use efficiency) to morphological attributes (e.g. leaf area, seed mass, plant height) which link to aspects of ecological variation.

AVAMET network

Automatic meteorological station network from the Pais Valencia meteorology association


The BioTIME database contains raw data on species identities and abundances in eco- logical assemblages through time

BROT 2.0: A functional trait database for Mediterranean Basin plants

BROT 2.0 is a database of pant functional traits for the Mediterranean Basin flora. It includes 25764 records of 44 traits from 2457 plant taxa distributed in 119 taxonomic families.

Climatologies at high resolution for the earth’s land surface areas (CHELSA)

Downscaled model output temperature and precipitation estimates


Realized climatic niches of vascular plants in European forest understoreys


COMPADRE and COMADRE contain matrix population models of hundreds of plant and animal species, as well as algae, fungi, bacteria, and viruses


High-resolution (1 km) daily climate data (precipitation, minimum and maximum temperatures) for Europe from the European climatic database

ERA-5 hourly

Monthly-averaged reanalysis data

ERA-5 monthly

Reanalysis data


Land-surface model forced by ERA5 with lapse-rate correction


The CORDEX regional climate model (RCM) simulations for the European domain (EURO-CORDEX)

Fine Root Ecology Database

Observations of belowground plant traits, with a specific focus on fine roots

FLAMITS: A global database of plant flammability traits

Open access global database on plant flammability traits measured under laboratory conditions aiming to: (a) identify the diversity of methodologies to measure plant flammability under laboratory conditions; (b) standardize the associated terminology; and (c) find geographical, ecological, and taxonomic gaps in our knowledge on plant flammability.


The flux measurement sites are linked across a confederation of regional networks in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, in a global network, called FLUXNET.

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)

The FIA program delivers current, consistent, and credible information about the status of the United States’ forests.

FunAndes: A functional trait database of Andean plants

FunAndes contains data on 24 traits across 2,694 taxa, for a total of 105,466 entries. The database features plant-morphological attributes including growth form, and leaf, stem, and wood traits measured at the species or individual level, together with geographic metadata (i.e., coordinates and elevation).


Free and open access to biodiversity data


The Global Land Evaporation Amsterdam Model (GLEAM) is a set of algorithms that separately estimate the different components of land evaporation

Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation

High resolution laser ranging of Earth’s forests and topography from the International Space Station (ISS)

Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative

Global forest inventory data and services

GLobal HYdrogeology MaPS (GLHYMPS) of permeability and porosity

Global permeability of the unconsolidated and consolidated Earth dataset

Global Inventory of Floras and Traits (GIFT)

The Global Inventory of Floras and Traits - GIFT database is a global archive of regional plant checklists and floras and plant functional traits. It contains information about the floristic status of 368,580 species across 3,627 geographic regions. Functional trait information is available for 287,245 species and 109 traits

Global Lithological Map (GLiM)

High resolution global lithological map (GliM), assembled from existing regional geological maps translated into lithological information with the help of regional literature. The GLiM represents the rock types of the Earth surface using 1,235,400 polygons.

Global Naturalized Alien Flora

GloNAF (Global Naturalized Alien Flora) is a living database project about naturalized alien plant species and became a synonym for many related projects dealing with all kinds of scientific and policy relevant questions and studies about alien species (also other taxa) and related data.

Global nitrogen deposition

Global nitrogen deposition (2°×2.5° grid resolution) simulated with GEOS-Chem for 1984-1986, 1994-1996, 2004-2006, and 2014-2016

Global Paleofire Database

The aim of the Global Paleofire Database (GPD) is to provide the scientific community with a global paleofire dataset for research and archiving sedimentary records of fire.

Global Runoff Data Center (GRDC)

The GRDC is an international archive of data up to 200 years old, and fosters multinational and global long-term hydrological studies. Originally established three decades ago, the aim of the GRDC is to help earth scientists analyse global climate trends and assess environmental impacts and risks.