The CGIAR is a global partnership of research organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger, improving human health and nutrition, and enhancing ecosystem resilience through agricultural research. Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) is spatial science community that facilitates CGIAR’s international agricultural development research using spatial analysis, GIS, and remote sensing.


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  • CRU-TS v3.10.01 Historic Climate Database for GIS


    University of East Anglia (UEA)’s CRU-TS is one of the most widely used historical climate database. To help facilitate the use of this database in the CSI community, we have converted the raw data into the Esri ASCII raster format.

  • Global Aridity and PET Database


    The Global Potential Evapo-Transpiration (Global-PET) and Global Aridity Index (Global-Aridity) dataset provides high-resolution global raster climate data related to evapo-transpiration processes and rainfall deficit for potential vegetative growth.

  • SRTM 90m Digital Elevation Database v4.1


    The SRTM digital elevation data, produced by NASA originally, is a major breakthrough in digital mapping of the world, and provides a major advance in the accessibility of high quality elevation data for large portions of the tropics and other areas of the developing world.


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  • David Gaveau on a new haze study

    CIFOR scientist David Gaveau talks about new research on the 2013 fires in Indonesia that caused haze in Malaysia and Singapore. He also talks about the possible effects of the new Singaporean haze law, and why more research is needed.

  • New maps reveal more complex picture of Sumatran fires

    (cross-posted from Figure 1 — Map showing the progression of the February-March 2014 fires in the largest burned area (22,000 ha) on Pulau Rupat, a small island off the coast of mainland Sumatra, overlaid over our detailed land use map in an Acacia concession (HTI, or Hutan Tanaman Industri). The combined maps illustrate that […]

  • CGIAR-CSI at ESRI User Conference

    During the week of July 14 – 18, 2014 the CGIAR-CSI representatives came together in San Diego, California to be part of the ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) User Conference. The conference gathered over 16.000 participants to share their common interest in maps, data, remote sensing and the latest GIS technologies. CSI members across 7 […]


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