NCEAS Data Repository

Welcome to the NCEAS Data Repository. This repository contains information about the research data sets collected and collated as part of NCEAS' funded activities. Information in the NCEAS Data Repository is concurrently available through the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), an international data repository.

A number of the data sets were synthesized from multiple data sources that originated from the efforts of many contributors, while others originated from a single investigator. Credit for the data sets in this repository goes to the investigators who collected the data, as well as to the NCEAS working groups and scientists who compiled the data for synthetic purposes. See each data package for a list of the people and institutions involved.

If you have any questions, comments or problems, please contact the repository administrator at

Search for Data Sets


Search Title, Abstract, Keywords, Personnel (Quicker)
Search all fields (Slower)

This tool allows you to search the registry for data sets of interest. When you type text in the box and click on the "Search" button, the search will only be conducted within the title, author, abstract, and keyword fields. Checking the "Search All Fields" box will search on these and all other existing fields (this search will take more time).

You can use the '%' character as a wildcard in your searches (e.g., '%biodiversity%' would locate any phrase with the word biodiversity embedded within it).

Register information about a new NCEAS data set

Register Information Online - This is a simple way to provide information (metadata) about the existence of a data set. The registration page is used to submit information about a new data set associated with NCEAS research.


Morpho Software Butterfly

Use Morpho software to register, document and upload data sets.

Morpho is a data management tool for ecologists. It was created to provide an easy-to-use, cross-platform application for accessing and manipulating metadata (e.g. documentation) and data (both locally and on the network). Morpho allows ecologists to create metadata, (i.e. describe their data in a standardized format), and create a catalog of data and metadata upon which to query, edit and view data collections. In addition, Morpho provides the means to access network servers, in order to query, view and retrieve relevant, public ecological data!

This repository is an effort of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and is based on software developed by the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), and houses metadata that are compliant with Ecological Metadata Language (EML).