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Link of the week - Climate Wizard


A screenshot of the Climate Wizard website.

Now anyone can play with climate models using an online tool called Climate Wizard.

Climate Wizard is an interactive website where visitors can browse maps of historical climate data and future predictions of temperature and precipitation.

“Climate Wizard does not simulate future climate. Rather, it analyzes General Circulation Models in a way that makes them more accessible to non-climate scientists,” said Evan Girvetz, a Senior Scientist with The Nature Conservancy Global Climate Change Program.

General Circulation Models are a type of mathematical model of the general circulation of a planetary atmosphere or ocean.

“The Climate Wizard takes climate projections from 16 GCMs, each of which are 3-dimensional databases of latitude, longitude, and time,” Girvetz said. “It analyzes each of them to determine the rate of change over time for each grid cell, then combines the maps of rate of change for all 16 into maps that better represent the consensus and range of future projections across all of the GCMs.”

Visitors can view the future projections of any of the 16 GCMs for low, medium, or high emissions scenarios. Or they can see any one of seven ensembles that combine the GCMs in various ways. Read more about Climate Wizard at Science Daily, or check it out yourself at Climate Wizard.

-Miriam Boon, iSGTW

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