Below is a brief summary narrative of the initial datasets we are collecting and examining for inclusion in our modeling effort.  You can click on the “+” link to expand each record, and get URLs to the data.  You may also review datasets directly, using your SESYNC credentials, on the SESYNC file server at:

To examine a portion of these datasets in a dynamic fashion, please review our Data Analysis Dashboards.

Want to understand the step by step process of SHEAF data analysis and modeling?  Go to our Data Access page, which has an instruction manual on these steps.

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Available Dataset Areas
  • Climate:  We are using the University of Idaho’s downscaled gridMET raster data for climatological variables, generated for 1979-present, on a daily basis, @ 4km/pixel.  GridMET data is created by Dr. John Abatzoglou from the University of Idaho.
  • Soil Moisture using VIC.  We are using soil moisture that is calculated from the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) hydrological model – that is generated by Dr. Bart Nijssen @ the University of Washington.
  • AgCensus Data.  The National Agricultural Statistical Services (NASS) generate agricultural data from surveys that are compiled every four years.
  • National Resource Inventory (NRI).  The NRI is a statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions for the United States.
  • Gridded SSURGO. The SSURGO database contains information about soil as collected by the National Cooperative Soil Survey over the course of a century. The information can be displayed in tables or as maps and is available for most areas in the United States and the Territories, Commonwealths, and Island Nations served by the USDA-NRCS. The information was gathered by walking over the land and observing the soil. Many soil samples were analyzed in laboratories.
  • USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.