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leri: R package for the NOAA Landscape Evaporative Response Index

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The leri R package facilitates access to the NOAA Landscape Evaporative Response Index data product.


You can install the development version of leri with devtools:

# install.packages("devtools")

Or, you can install the stable version from CRAN:



The LERI product is available from the year 2000 to present at a 1 km spatial resolution over the continental United States, at the following timescales:

  • 1, 3, 7, and 12 month
  • 8 day accumulated or non-accumulated during the growing season (April - Oct.)

If we were interested in medium term drought, we could get 3 month timescale LERI data for a particular date as follows:

r <- get_leri(date = "2018-09-01", product = "3 month")
#> Loading required namespace: ncdf4
#> class      : RasterLayer 
#> dimensions : 2844, 6617, 18818748  (nrow, ncol, ncell)
#> resolution : 0.009, 0.009  (x, y)
#> extent     : -126.009, -66.456, 23.949, 49.545  (xmin, xmax, ymin, ymax)
#> crs        : +init=epsg:4326 +proj=longlat +datum=WGS84 +no_defs +ellps=WGS84 +towgs84=0,0,0 
#> source     : memory
#> names      : 
#> values     : 3.448276, 96.55172  (min, max)

The get_leri function will download the NetCDF files from the NOAA ftp server and read them as RasterStack objects, which facilitates any other operations that users may need via the raster package. For example, we could plot the data using the raster::plot function:

#> Loading required package: sp
#> Loading required package: viridisLite

plot(r, col = cividis(10, direction = -1), 
     main = "3 month LERI data for 2018-09-01")

LERI Resources

More information on the creation and recommended usage for LERI can be found here:

Other potentially useful resources include:

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