RNCEP: global weather and climate data at your fingertips

Authors

  • Michael U. Kemp,

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  • E. Emiel van Loon,

    1. Computational Geo-Ecology, Department of Science, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 94248, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Judy Shamoun-Baranes,

    1. Computational Geo-Ecology, Department of Science, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 94248, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Willem Bouten

    1. Computational Geo-Ecology, Department of Science, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 94248, 1090 GE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Summary

1. Atmospheric conditions strongly influence ecological systems, and tools that simplify the access and processing of atmospheric data can greatly facilitate ecological research.

2. We have developed RNCEP, a package of functions in the open-source R language, to access, organise and visualise freely available atmospheric data from two long-term high-quality data sets with global coverage.

3. These functions retrieve data, via the Internet, for either a desired spatiotemporal extent or interpolated to a point in space and time. The package also contains functions to temporally aggregate data, producing user-defined variables, and to visualise these data on a map.

4. By making access to atmospheric data and integration with biological data easier and more flexible, we hope to facilitate and encourage the exploration of relationships between biological systems and atmospheric conditions.

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