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Climate Wizard: a peek at the man behind the curtain

December 15th, 2009 by cdunagan

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.

<em>Climate Wizard in one of its configurations</em><small> www.climatewizard.org</small>

Climate Wizard in one of its configurations www.climatewizard.org

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.

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3 Responses to “Climate Wizard: a peek at the man behind the curtain”

  1. michael Says:

    How does climate wizard explain this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFbUVBYIPlI

  2. groovyjoker Says:

    Nova (PBS) presents a nice discussion about these Vostock ice cores, and talks about more than climate change and global warming, if anyone is interested. This website has good graphs and cites references.

    Ice cores are fascinating – like tree rings, they document historical natural and anthropogenic events. We can learn quite a bit from them.

    Here is a link:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/stories/

  3. groovyjoker Says:

    BTW – thanks for the post on the Climate Wizard, Chris, but I could not get any maps to load. You say it is being demonstrated today – as in maybe not fully functional? It could have been my browser. Also, they need to spell out all the acronyms in a legend for their drop down menus (and fix the drop downs that do not work). Finally, the FAQ page is down.

    Maybe a tad buggy?

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