Availability of meteorological, land surface and other related data is always bottleneck for development of research and evidence based policy formulations. Today, I came across with interesting efforts by CGIAR, to provide climate, agriculture, and food security related data. I think this is an interesting source to fill the data gap we have in applied hydrology. Anyway, try wondering around this webpage (link). Also, they have downloading service for spatially downscaled GCC data.
Mar 16, 2017
To prepare a study area map in a professional way, or at publication standard, it takes a great deal of time, at least for me. I have been using GIS tools (such as QGIS and Grass GIS, Jgrasstools) to prepare my study area. But, Now I started to change to R. The advantages of using R is that we have more advanced graphical and map package that we can use, and once the R script are developed, it is easier to reproduce other maps for the next time. Here I used various packages to produce decent study area map that can be used for publication. I used many helps from various stackoverflow answers. Here I will shows you how to do this using a particular basin in Afghanistan.