GCE-LTER Project Data

Find and Download GCE Data

Search Online for Core GCE Data:

» Quick Search:  Information

» Advanced Search - Search for core data by subject, author, study dates, geographic coverage and taxonomic group

Browse All GCE Data Resources:

» GCE Data Sets Table - Finalized core GCE monitoring and directed study data displayed in a sortable/searchable web table (public access)

» GCE Data Catalog - Finalized core GCE monitoring and directed study data displayed in a web table with an embedded form containing advanced search and filtering options (public access)

» GCE Data Portal - Near-real-time and historic monitoring data from GCE, partner programs and federal agencies (public access)

» GCE Project Web Site - Provisional GCE monitoring and study data (private)

Offline Data Search Tools:

» GCE Data Search Engine - MATLAB GUI application for metadata-based searching, retrieval, analysis and integration of GCE data sets (public download)

Other Web Catalogs hosting GCE Metadata:

» Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) Portal: Advanced Search, Browse Catalog

» BCO-DMO: GCE Project Page (see Datasets in other catalogs)

» DataONE: Find Data (search GCE-LTER)


Information About GCE Data Distribution


As a member of the Long Term Ecological Research Network, the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Program is committed to providing timely access to quality-controlled data collected under the auspices of our project. Please see our data access policy and data use agreement pages for specific information about the availability of GCE data.

Visitors not affiliated with the GCE program will be asked to provide basic contact and affiliation information prior to downloading data files. This information will be used to alert users to any errors subsequently identified in data sets and to compile data access statistics for NSF progress reports. Personal information will not be disclosed to other parties or used for promotional activities.

Public Data Catalog

After GCE data are subjected to quality control and quality assurance analysis and are fully documented, finalized data and metadata (i.e. documentation) are uploaded to the GCE server as accessioned data sets. Access to metadata and data files in various formats is then provided through the GCE Data Catalog, with public access to data files restricted by date in accordance with the GCE data access timetable.

Other Online Sources for GCE-related Data

Near-real-time data from affiliated USGS, SINERR, NADP, and UGAMI monitoring programs and provisional GCE monitoring data are also available on the GCE Data Portal and GCE Project web sites. These data are subjected to basic quality control analysis and contain complete metadata, but are not accessioned or versioned until they are finalized and added to the public data catalog. Contact the GCE Information Manager for additional information about accessing these data.

GCE Data Search Engine Client

In addition to the web sites listed above, a MATLAB-based software toolbox is also available for download that includes a graphical search engine application for performing metadata-based searches on a variety of thematic, geographic and temporal criteria. All publicly-available data sets in the GCE Data Catalog and GCE Data Portal can be searched and retrieved using this application, as well as any data sets stored locally in GCE Data Structure format.

In addition to data search and retrieval, applications are also available in this toolbox for data analysis, re-sampling, visualization and integration based on structured metadata. More information about this toolbox and associated development projects is available on the Software Development page.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.