One of the principal tasks of SKOPE is to develop tools to improve access to federated environmental data sources. To that end, we have begun developing FedData, a package for the R statistical environment implementing functions to automate downloading geospatial data available from several federated data sources (mainly sources maintained by the US Federal government). Currently, the package allows for retrieval of five datasets:

Additional data sources are in the works, including global DEM resources (ETOPO1STRM), global soils (HWSD), MODIS satellite data products, the National Atlas (US only), Natural EarthPRISM, and WorldClim.

More information about FedData can be found here.