rWind: Download, edit and include wind data in ecological and evolutionary analysis.

30 October 2018

Fernández-López, Javier; Schliep, Klaus

1. Wind connectivity has been identified as a key factor driving many biological processes.
2. Existing software available for managing wind data are often overly complex for studying many ecological processes and cannot be incorporated into a broad framework.
3. Here we present rWind, an R language package to download and manage surface wind data from the Global Forecasting System and to compute wind connectivity between locations.
4. Data obtained with rWind can be used in a general framework for analysis of biological processes to develop hypotheses about the role of wind in driving ecological and evolutionary patterns.