Data catalog (dev)

For over 40 years, the Jornada LTER program has collected data in the Chihuahuan desert according to several core research themes. Some of these core themes and associated long-term datasets are highlighted in Tab 1, below. The primary Jornada LTER data catalog, hosted at EDI, is searchable in Tab 2, as are data holdings in other repositories in Tab 3. A selection of spatial data layers are in Tab 4. For help with data, please contact the Jornada Information Management team (jornada.data@nmsu.edu).

Changes in vegetation cover and production

Environmental monitoring and meteorology

Physical and biogeochemical fluxes

Animal populations and trophic interactions

Soils, geology, and landforms

  • Parent material, landform, and soil maps of the Jornada Basin (coming soon)
  • Soil physical and geochemical profiles at the NPP sites (coming soon)

Many of these datasets come from our Jornada partners. Find more information on the data partnerships page. This listing includes both unique published datasets and web data portals. It is not comprehensive yet, but we’re working on it.


This is a partial list of spatial datasets from the Jornada Basin LTER, including layers covering Jornada Experimental Range (JER) and Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center (CDRRC). An interactive spatial data catalog is in development. Our partners at the Jornada Experimental Range also have an extensive collection of static and interactive maps.


Dominant Vegetation of the JER and CDRRC in 1998  (Download KMZ 3972 KB) Dominant and subdominant vegetation on the Jornada Experimental Range and Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center in 1998. Published in Gibbens, R. P., McNeely, R. P., Havstad, K. M., Beck, R. F., & Nolen, B. (2005). Vegetation changes in the Jornada Basin from 1858 to 1998. Journal of Arid Environments61(4), 651-668.  

Dominant Vegetation of the JER in 1928-29 and CDRRC in 1938  (Download KMZ 1477 KB) Dominant and subdominant vegetation of the Jornada Experimental Range (1928-29) and Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center in 1938. Published in Gibbens, R. P., McNeely, R. P., Havstad, K. M., Beck, R. F., & Nolen, B. (2005). Vegetation changes in the Jornada Basin from 1858 to 1998. Journal of Arid Environments61(4), 651-668.

1915-16 Dominant Vegetation on the JER  (Download KMZ 695 KB) Dominant and subdominant vegetation on the Jornada Experimental Range in 1928. Published in Gibbens, R. P., McNeely, R. P., Havstad, K. M., Beck, R. F., & Nolen, B. (2005). Vegetation changes in the Jornada Basin from 1858 to 1998. Journal of Arid Environments61(4), 651-668.  

Shrub Presence on the JER and CDRRC during 1858  (Download KMZ 376 KB) Shrub presence on the Jornada Experimental Range in 1858. Published in Gibbens, R. P., McNeely, R. P., Havstad, K. M., Beck, R. F., & Nolen, B. (2005). Vegetation changes in the Jornada Basin from 1858 to 1998. Journal of Arid Environments61(4), 651-668.

Grass Condition on the JER and CDRRC during 1858  (Download KMZ 178 KB) Grass condition on the Jornada Experimental Range in 1858. Published in Gibbens, R. P., McNeely, R. P., Havstad, K. M., Beck, R. F., & Nolen, B. (2005). Vegetation changes in the Jornada Basin from 1858 to 1998. Journal of Arid Environments61(4), 651-668.  

Jornada Experimental Range Landforms and Soil Parent Material  (Download KMZ 5177 KB) Landforms and soil parent material of the Jornada Experimental Range and Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center described in Monger, H. C., Mack, G. H., Nolen, B. A., & Gile, L. H. (2006). Regional setting of the Jornada Basin. Structure and function of a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem: the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research site. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 15-43.  

Jornada Experimental Range Physiography  (Download KMZ 3460 KB) Physiography (major geomorphic units) of the Jornada Experimental Range described in Monger, H. C., Mack, G. H., Nolen, B. A., & Gile, L. H. (2006). Regional setting of the Jornada Basin. Structure and function of a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem: the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research site. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 15-43.

Jornada Experimental Range Playas  (Download  KMZ 14 KB) The perimeter of desert playas occurring across the Jornada Experimental Range.  

Jornada Experimental Range Fences  (Download  KMZ 127 KB) Fences of the Jornada Experimental Range.

Jornada Experimental Range Tanks  (Download  KMZ 83 KB) Locations of the aboveground livestock watering tanks on the Jornada Experimental Range.  

Jornada Experimental Range Dirt Tanks  (Download  KMZ 41 KB) The perimeter of dirt bottom livestock watering tanks found on the Jornada Experimental Range.