Thursday, December 6, 2012

Climate data and projections at your fingertips

Do you ever get jealous of Wolfram's pretty graphs on this blog or just want to know what March rainfall will look like in New Zealand at midcentury -- but you just don't have the time or energy to sort through all the various climate data sets or learn how to use GIS software?

Lucky for you, the Nature Conservancy has teamed up with scientists at the University of Washington and the University of Southern Mississippi to develop Climate Wizard, a graphical user interface available through your browser window that lets you surf real climate model projections and historical data for both the USA and the world. According to the website:
With ClimateWizard you can:
  • view historic temperature and rainfall maps for anywhere in the world
  • view state-of-the-art future predictions of temperature and rainfall around the world
  • view and download climate change maps in a few easy steps 
ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.  The first generation of this web-based program allows the user to choose a state or country and both assess how climate has changed over time and to project what future changes are predicted to occur in a given area. ClimateWizard represents the first time ever the full range of climate history and impacts for a landscape have been brought together in a user-friendly format. 
The data sets underlying behind the pictures are well documented on the "about us" page, and the data in each map is easily exportable.

If this had come out four years ago, I probably could have shaved six months off of my phd...

h/t Bob Kopp

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