The Climate Explorer 2.0 (NOAA)
In July 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an update to the 2014 Climate Explore Tool that is integrated into the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The new version allows users to explore climate change projections for every county in the contiguous United States and download maps, graphics, and data tables that show projected climate change through 2100.
The Climate Explorer is designed to help local planners, residents, communities, businesses and others visualize the changing risks in their own communities in the coming decades by providing downscaled climate data and providing easy access to observed and projected temperature and precipitation data dating back to 1950 and out to 2100.
Users can explore the tool searching by location by entering in a county, city, or zip code into a search box. Users can also explore the maps by variable, and may look at:
- Mean Daily Max Temperature– the warmest temperature on a given day that is an indicator for how much heat stress people, plants, animals, and infrastructure will sustain.
- Mean Daily Min Temperature – the lowest temperature on a given day that is an indicator for how easily people, plants, and animals can recover from warmer temperatures.
- Days With Max Above 95°F – to assess how often hot days will occur.
- Days With Min Below 32°F – to assess how often cold days will occur.
- Mean Daily Precipitation – one indicator for how wet or dry a place may be at different times of the year.
- Days of Precipitation Above 1 Inch – Can be used to indicate trends for increasing or decreasing flood risk.
- Heating Degree Days – A metric used by utility companies to estimate the annual amount of energy people will use to heat buildings.
- Cooling Degree Days – A metric used by utility companies to estimate the annual amount of energy people will use to cool buildings.
Finally, users may explore sector specific maps for coastal, tribal, transportation, ecosystems, and water related topics. For example, the coastal page allows users to view all coastal power plants and explore coastal wetlands and sea level rise within the map viewer. The water resources topic allows users to explore where development may be threatened by river flooding.
The redesigned interface is meant to be more intuitive, simpler, and mobile device friendly.
If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. You may find this has limited use.
Publication Date: July 27, 2016
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