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Climactic data derived from remotely sensed, daily weather parameters (NASA DAYMET): Maricopa County, AZ (2000-2016)

Publication date: 2019-03-18


  • Cameron Boehme, Arizona State University
  • Chelsea Stratton, Arizona State University
  • Fabio de Albuquerque, Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus



There is considerable interest in using climatic variables and bioclimatic predictors not only in ecological species distribution models but in interdisciplinary studies of urban environments. We compiled a downloadable geodatabase of monthly environmental variables on a 1km x 1km spatial resolution including raw climate variables such as precipitation, minimum and maximum air temperature, and water vapor pressure obtained from NASA Earth Science Data and Information System Daily Surface Weather and Climatological Summaries (DAYMET) for Maricopa County, Arizona. This geodatabase of environmental variables provides accessible vital data for the entire Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) study area that can be used in an array of interdisciplinary studies.

related data set

Annual bioclimatic predictors for Maricopa County (as defined by Nix, 1986 and Hijmans, 2004) generated from data in this data set are accessible from:

literature cited

Hijmans, R.J., Cameron, S.E., Parra, J.L., Jones, P.G. and Jarvis, A., 2004. The WorldClim interpolated global terrestrial climate surfaces. Version 1.3.

Nix, Henry A., 1986, A biogeographic analysis of Australian elapid snakes, in Longmore, Richard, ed., Atlas of elapid snakes of Australia: Canberra, Australian Flora and Fauna Series 7, Australian Government Publishing Service, p. 4‒15.


Temporal Coverage:

2000-01-01 to 2016-12-31

Geographic Coverage:

Geographic Description: Maricopa County, AZ; CAP LTER study area
Bounding Coordinates:
Longitude:-113.62 to -110.9
Latitude:34.27 to 32.36


Data Manager, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, 
PO Box 875402,Tempe

Methods used in producing this dataset: Show

Data Files (5) :


Description: Monthly average air temperature: central-Arizona, 2000-2016


Description: Monthly maximum air temperature: central-Arizona, 2000-2016


Description: Monthly minimum air temperature: central-Arizona, 2000-2016


Description: The total accumulated precipitation over the monthly period of the daily total precipitation (precipitation is the sum of all forms of precipitation converted to water equivalent): central-Arizona, 2000-2016


Description: Monthly water pressure vapor: central-Arizona, 2000-2016

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