The NASA Harvest Portal

The NASA Harvest Portal is a core activity under the NASA Harvest Consortium. As the NASA Applied Sciences Program for food security and agriculture, NASA Harvest’s mission is to “enable and advance adoption of satellite Earth observations by public and private organizations to benefit food security, agriculture, and human and environmental resiliency in the US and worldwide.”

In support of this mission, the NASA Harvest Portal provides users – both within and external to the Consortium – with access to data relevant to agricultural production, crop conditions, climate and weather, markets, and food security. Supported datasets include Earth observations data (particularly satellite-derived data), indicators of cropland extent, crop stage calendars, climate and weather reanalysis, and economic/trade data. These datasets showcase the work of NASA Harvest partners, but also includes other important publicly available data. The Harvest Portal focuses on the following key areas to provide access to the data:

  • Discoverability – Data is hosted using a geospatially enabled CKAN content management system that provides a searchable data catalog, categorized by contributing organization.
  • Visualization – Dynamic web maps and tables let you see the data before you download it.
  • Analysis – Tools built into the Harvest Portal allow you to plot and compare data to conduct basic analysis without needing to handle raw data.
  • Distribution – Raw data can be downloaded via the Harvest Portal via redirection to the original source (where applicable). Vector datasets can be requested through a data access API. Additionally, OGC-compliant web map standards, such as WMS, are provided for direct integration into existing user interfaces.

We encourage users to contact the NASA Harvest Portal team with suggestions for additional datasets, features, and improvements to the system.