This is a curated selection of external available data for ecology


HydroLAKES is a database aiming to provide the shoreline polygons of all global lakes with a surface area of at least 10 ha.


HydroRIVERS is a database aiming to provide the vectorized line network of all global rivers that have a catchment area of at least 10 km2 or an average river flow of 0.1 cubic meters per second, or both.

International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests)

ICP Forests monitors forest condition at two monitoring intensity levels

International Soil Moisture Network (ISMN)

The International Soil Moisture Network is an international cooperation to establish and maintain a global in-situ soil moisture database. This database is an essential means for validating and improving global satellite products, and land surface, climate, and hydrological models.

International Tree Ring Databank

The World Data Service for Paleoclimatology manages the International Tree-Ring Data Bank (ITRDB), the world’s largest public archive of tree ring data.

LOng Term Vegetation Sampling (LOTVS)

The LOTVS (LOng-Term Vegetation Sampling) database is a collection of vegetation data using permanent plots worldwide. At present the database includes vegetation data from 80 study areas covering grasslands, shrublands and forest understory around the globe

North American Breeding Bird Survey

The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent.


High-resolution paleoclimate data for use in biological modeling and GIS

PhenoCam: An ecosystem phenology camera network

The PhenoCam Network is a cooperative continental-scale phenological observatory that uses imagery from networked digital cameras to track vegetation phenology in a diverse range of ecosystems across North America and around the World.


A global map of root biomass across the world’s forests

RCP database

The RCP database aims at documenting the emissions, concentrations, and land-cover change projections of the so-called “Representative Concentration Pathways” (RCPs).

Santander Spain02_v5

A series of high-resolution daily precipitation and (maximum and minimum) temperature gridded datasets developed for peninsular Spain and the Balearic islands.

Santander Spain02_v5

A series of high-resolution monthly precipitation and (maximum and minimum) temperature gridded datasets developed for peninsular Spain and the Balearic islands.

SMC network

Catalonian automatic meteorological stations network

Soil Respiration Database (SRDB)

The Soil Respiration Database (SRDB) is a near-universal compendium of published soil respiration (Rs) data.


Soilgrids is a system for digital soil mapping based on a global compilation of soil profile data (WoSIS) and environmental layers. Read about the SoilGrids and WoSIS projects on


sPlot is the largest repository for plant community data in the world, containing more than 1 million records with full lists of plant species co-occurring in small areas (plots)


Vegetation plot database with abundance of naturally co-occurring vascular plant species within delimited areas


Point dendrometers and air and soil microclimate using an automated system


Global database initiative, which has united a wide range of the plant trait research community worldwide


This harmonized dataset of derived soil properties for the world (WISE30sec) is comprised of a soil-geographical and a soil attribute component.

World Soil Information Service (WoSIS)

The World Soil Information Service (WoSIS) aims to serve the user with a selection of standardised/ harmonised soil profile data.

Xylem Functional Trait Database

Observations of xylem functional traits.