Climate Explorer—Visualize Climate Data in Maps and Graphs | U.S. Climate R esilience Toolkit

Climate Explorer—Visualize Climate Data in Maps and Graphs

Launch this interactive tool by clicking the text link just below the image. View the tutorial information below to help you control the display of map overlays and learn how to generate, manipulate, and interpret innovative graphs of historical data.

About the Tool and Data

Climate Explorer is a research application built to support the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The tool offers interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related to the toolkit’s Taking Action case studies.

Base maps (imagery, street maps) come from ESRI Web services. Map layers in the tool represent geographic information available through Each layer’s source and metadata can be accessed through its information icon.

Climate Explorer graphs available via the tools Historical Data tab display 1981-2010 U.S. Climate Normals for temperature and precipitation, overlain with daily observations from the Global Historical Climatology Network-Daily (GHCN-D) database. Please note that GHCN-D data have been checked for obvious inaccuracies, but they have not been adjusted to account for the influences of historical changes in instrumentation and observing practices. GHCN-D data are useful for comparing weather and climate, but for long-term climate change analyses, we recommend the National Climatic Data Center’s Climate at a Glance.

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