Posted on May 6th, 2014

Free For All – Climate Inspector

Are you doing research on climate change? Or perhaps you are just curious about the future climate of our blue and green ball orbiting the Sun? If either is the case, you should check out the Climate Inspector which is a project funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Colorado’s University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Climate Inspector features an interactive map which is tied to graphs on past and expected changes in both precipitation and temperature. The data on this website is based on the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Community Climate System Model (CCSM4).

climate_mapA map of the predicted change in mean annual precipitation from 2059 to 2078.

Here are a few tips to get you going with Climate Inspector:

  • When you click on the map, it will drop a pin in that location and this is the climate data you can access with the download button. You will get climate data for the one-degree cell containing this point.
  • If you move the slider right below the map, you can change the map display to show you a 20 year view of climate predictions and also of past climate conditions.
  • When you hover over the two graphs at the bottom of the page, it gives you the exact values below the lines.

Even if you are one who does not believe in the anthropogenic causes of climate change, this is an eye opening look into the future of our precious and fragile planet.

Until my next edition of Free For All, happy hunting for free geospatial goodies!

Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
(720) 470-7988

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