Datasets: Browse, Search and Explore
Using the menu to the left, datasets can be browsed by Topic, Site, or Keyword, or searched by specifying a variety of criteria in a Search Datasets form. The browse and search tools available in EcoTrends are described in the table below. Please note that you must Log On before accessing any of these tools.
When viewing datasets while browsing or searching, you can explore them further by performing special operations on them. For example, you can plot up to four datasets together on the same graph by selecting (using the checkboxes) between one and four datasets and then clicking the Plot Selected (up to 4) button. You can customize how the plot is displayed by checking or unchecking a variety of plot options such as Data Points, Data Lines, and Moving Average.
|Browse / Search Tool||Description||Examples|
|Search Datasets||With Search Datasets you can specify a variety of search criteria such
as EcoTrends sites, spatial (location), temporal
(start and end dates), timesteps (daily, monthly, yearly), and
variable names to narrow your search for datasets.
Click Search Datasets, then perform the following steps:
After a few seconds, EcoTrends will display a list of datasets matching all of the criteria you specified.
|Browse By Topic||Browse datasets organized by topic and subtopic. Topics are organized by biota (plants, animals, microbes); biogeochemical cycles (nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorous); human populations (density, economy); disturbance characteristics and response to disturbance; and, climate characteristics (precipitation, temperature).||Click By Topic, then under the Climate and physical variability topic heading, click Air temperature to see all datasets related to that subtopic.|
|Browse By Site||Browse datasets organized by EcoTrends site. The number in parentheses to the right of each site indicates the number of datasets that match that site.||Click By Site, then click Florida Coastal Everglades to see all datasets from that site.|
|Browse By Keyword||Search for EcoTrends datasets matching a search term that you enter into a text box.||Click By Keyword, type a search term such as drought in the text box, then click the Search button. EcoTrends will display a list of all datasets matching your search term.|
When you browse or search for datasets, you will see a button that lets you add a dataset to My Data Store for future reference. You can view all datasets in My Data Store by clicking the My Data Store menu item to the left.
When viewing datasets in My Data Store, you can explore them further by performing special operations on them. For example, you can plot up to four datasets together on the same graph by selecting (using the checkboxes) between one and four datasets and then clicking the Plot Selected (up to 4) button. You can customize how the plot is displayed by checking/unchecking a variety of plot options such as Data Points, Data Lines, and Moving Average.
You can remove an individual dataset from My Data Store by clicking the button for that dataset. You can remove all datasets from My Data Store by clicking the Remove All Datasets button.