If you are interested in understanding climate change, you should check out Climate Wizard, an interactive Web-based map that compiles historical climate data in conjunction with results from 16 of the world’s leading climate models.
One of the latest features is the ability to include combinations of different models.
Users can focus on states, countries or regions around the world and apply different scenarios of temperature and precipitation. One can look at three different time frames, from the past to the future, with respect to the different models.
This interesting tool was developed in a joint project by the University of Washington, University of Southern Mississippi and The Nature Conservancy.
According to a news release from UW News and Information, Climate Wizard is being demonstrated today at the climate summit in Copenhagen and at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
A paper about the project has just been published online by PLoS ONE. Lead author Evan Girvetz worked on Climate Wizard during his postdoctoral period at the University of Washington’s School of Forest Resources. He has now accepted a job with The Nature Conservancy, according to the news release, which quotes him:
“Climate Wizard is meant to make it easier to explore climate data in an interactive way. It makes the data accessible in ways that are more intuitive, even for people who are not climate scientists.”
I’m sure readers of this blog will have questions about the data that went into Climate Wizard. I haven’t had time to study all the documentation, but it is convenient that the authors provide all manner of detail, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section and an ability to contact the developers directly.