Real-Time Crop & Drought Monitoring System – RECENT


RECENT combines a data from Multiple Satellites Observations Monitor and Assess Impact from Drought in Regional Scale. Daily/Monthly Drought index data with Satellite Rainfall and Land Surface Temperature are available to Visualize and Download through this Web Site (

The RECENT service is available for countries; Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao_PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, SriLanka, Thailand & Vietnam.

Satellite observed Rainfall and Land Surface Temperature data are used here to obtain a daily drought product called Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which ranges from 0 (wet condition) to 800 (dry condition). Anomaly of drought index (KBDI) which is deviation from long term average if Drought Index is an Indicator of Drought Condition. Hourly global rainfall data at 0.1° spatial resolution is obtained from GSMaP NRT System by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is derived from microwave radiometers (e.g., TMI, AMSR-E and SSM/I) and infrared radiometers (e.g., MTSAT, METEOSAT and GOES). This is an hourly rainfall product which is available to public after 4 hours after the observations. Land Surface Temperature (LST) data are obtained from MTSAT, a weather satellite of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) with a spatial resolution of 4 km. LST is observed in every 30 minutes using 4 thermal-infrared channels.


The service is run and managed by:

Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo Japan (

Geoinformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology Thailand (http://www.geoinfo.ait.asian/)


Catalogue of Climate Data Sources

A catalogue of climate data sources with links. Please feel free to add new links or report for broken links.

Data Type Data Source Link
Climate data (raw) (Global Historical Climate Network: weather station records from around the world, temperature and precipitation)
USHCN US. Historical Climate Network
World Monthly Surface Station Climatology
Antarctic weather stations
European weather stations
Italian Meterological Society
Satellite feeds
Tide Gauges
World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)
International Argo Project
International Comphensive Ocean – Atomospheric Dataset
Aerosol Robotic Network
Climate data (processed) Surface temperature anomalies
Satellite temperatures (MSU)
Sea surface temperatures
Stratospheric Temperature
Sea Ice
Cloud and radiation products
Sea Level
Greenhouse Gases
Snow Cover
GLIMS Glacier Database
Ocean Heat Content
Ocean CO2
GCOS Essential Climate Variables
NOAA Climate Indicators
Data Visualization & Analysis GIOVANNI
Climate Explorer
IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library
Wood fro trees
International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Global Change Master Directory
Canadian Weather RADAR