Climate change is complex. We normally think of climate change as a change in average global temperatures. The reality is much more interesting. Scientists are tracking dozens of “climate fingerprint indicators.” These indicators are all items that scientists expect to change as the climate changes. Because each is tracked using different metrics you end up with a much more reliable picture of what’s happening overall.
This Dashboard makes it possible for you to quickly review many of these “fingerprint” indicators. It is not a complete list, but we hope it’s a helpful one. Each Dashboard “topic” contains an overview slide that pops up if you hover over it. Clicking on a variable will open up selected materials (news stories, reports, websites), each with URL links or PDFs that you can access in the Notes field below (which can be opened or closed – see the HELP thought at the upper right of your screen).
To keep your exploration simple, we have removed in the Climate Fingerprint Dashboard below (v. 1.0) links that might accidentally transport you to different parts of the Climate Web. You can access here the fully linked v. 2.0 Dashboard in the Climate Web. You can return to this unlinked v. 1.0 view of the Dashboard at any time.