I'm looking around for reliable data sets that cover various environmental and socioeconomic variables for the Caribbean community. The project I'm working on is trying to determine environmental risks using GIS and data science approaches. I've searched around for DEMs, shapefiles and census data and have found a few good resources:
- DIVA-GIS has a nice repository of relatively up-to-date (5 years old) administrative and environmental data (as .shp): http://www.diva-gis.org/Data
- The USGS has 3 arc-second resolution rasters of elevation data available through their HydroSHEDS project: http://hydrosheds.cr.usgs.gov/index.php
- The Harmonized World Soil Database has processed global soil data, but isn't very high-res or up-to-date
The goal of my research is more focused on environmental change, so high-res hydrological, climate (observed/projected), soil, DEM, etc., data sets that's relatively up-to-date would be useful.