Is climate change happening? How confident are we? What are the symptoms? What does climate change suggest about the future? The Climate Data Dashboard is intended to help explore these data-driven questions. These questions are not easy to track; there are literally thousands of websites, reports, and blogs tackling one or more of them. The Climate Data Dashboard is not intended to provide “the” answer to any of these questions, but it can help users explore them. We hope users will become motivated to dig deeper into one or more of the issues raised. This Spotlight groups data visuals around four areas:
- Most Recent: cutting edge visualizations, conclusions, and hypotheses
- Historical Change: how are today’s conditions different from past conditions?
- The Future: visualizations of alternative climate change scenarios
- Interactive Websites: places where you can input relevant assumptions or create your own scenarios and outputs to explore the questions posed above.
As is the case throughout the Climate Web, hovering over a thumbnail graphic in the Climate Spotlight expands it to become easily readable. Clicking on a column heading will display more graphics that are linked to that heading, but which are not shown in the Spotlight.
To keep your exploration simple, we have removed in the Visualizing Climate Change 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.
The visuals organized in the Spotlight do not exist in isolation. You can click through to explore the websites or reports from which they are drawn. From there, you can explore hundreds of relevant documents, news stories, and blogs if that is your goal.
To back up to a prior view at any time, click on the “breadcrumb trail” at the bottom, or simply backspace in your browser. To return to the original spotlight view at any time, click here.
This Spotlight is representative of how the thousands of relevant climate data visuals can be organized. Spotlights can also be built to explore much more detailed questions about climate data, and combined with other materials from the Climate Web.
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