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R package - retrieving & using MODIS data from NASA LPDAAC archive

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R package - retrieving & using MODIS data from NASA LPDAAC archive
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:02:21 PM »
MODISTools is an R package for retrieving and using MODIS data subsets using ORNL DAAC web service (SOAP) for subsetting from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It provides a batch method for retrieving subsets of MODIS http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ remotely sensed data and processing them to a format ready for user-friendly application in R, such as statistical modelling.


The most important function is MODISSubsets, for requesting subsets from a given MODIS product for multiple time-series. Each time-series is defined by a coordinate location (WGS-1984), a surrounding area of interest, and a start and end date. Automating this as a batch process reduces time, effort, and human error. Alternatively, MODISTransects expands upon MODISSubsets by extracting MODIS data along a transect, and its surrounding neighbourhood. Downloaded subsets are saved in ASCII files, but can be converted to ASCII grid files for use in a GIS environment. MODISSummaries computes summary statistics of downloaded subsets and organises summarised data back with the original input dataset, creating a csv file that can be easily used for modelling; this provides efficient storage of data and a transparent process from data collection, to processing, to a form that is ready for final use.


The functions were originally used for downloading vegetation indices data, but have been generalised to provide a package that performs the same functionality for any MODIS data that available through the web service. For a list of available MODIS products, see http://daac.ornl.gov/MODIS/MODIS-menu/products.html. Other minor functions -- including a lat-long coordinate conversion tool -- are included to aid this process.


Recent stable releases of this package have been checked and built on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and last checked on R 3.1.2 on 2014-12-22. MODISTools is written by Sean Tuck and Helen Phillips. This package can be used under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license; feel free to use and modify as you wish, but please cite our work where appropriate. To cite MODISTools in publications, please use:


Tuck, S.L., Phillips, H.R.P., Hintzen, R.E., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Purvis, A. and Hudson, L.N. (2014) MODISTools -- downloading and processing MODIS remotely sensed data in R. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (24), 4658--4668. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1273.


Some of the changes in recent updates:

New function, MODISGrid, that takes downloaded ASCII files and converts them into ASCII grid files, which can be used in a GIS environment.
  • Optional time-series plots for diagnostics as output from MODISSummaries.
  • MODISGrid now writes MODIS projection (PRJ) files for all ASCII raster grids, so their correct projection is defined. These files can now be loaded directly into a GIS environment.
  • MODISGrid now more flexibly deals with data files that contain multiple products.
  • Citation for publication in Ecology and Evolution added.
  • Documentation and 'Using MODISTools' vignette updated.

Github Link: https://github.com/mjwang1010/MODISTools
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