Good Friday morning! There is LOTS and LOTS of weather data available for users to view… and sifting through the massive amount of climate and weather data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) can be daunting!
However… a new tool released this brings that data to the masses and with a few clicks of the mouse or taps on the screen… creates interactive maps that clearly show natural and manmade shifts in the climate and oceans around the world.
The National Climatic Data Center alone contains over 6 petabytes of data. That's enough data on ocean and land temperatures… cloud cover… rainfall, and other climate and weather indicators to fill more than 49,000 hard drives in the beefiest iPad Air.
Other NOAA data centers house still more information on Arctic sea ice… the deep ocean… fisheries and climate projections collected from satellites… weather stations… buoys… ocean sounds and computer models.
Most of that data is free and publicly available. However… just because it's available doesn't mean it's centralized or intuitive to access… let alone figure out what to do with it once it's on your desktop.
NOAA's new effort aims to sidestep those issues and let the public explore cloud cover… salinity levels in the depths of the ocean… and everything in between.
The tool… called NOAA View… offers easy access to 60 NOAA datasets that go back to 1880 as well as future climate model simulations.
To get those images… users can browse datasets by category and time period. Behind the scenes… hundreds of computer programs churn that data into beautiful maps that can show variables for a specific period or how they change over time.
The future is also on display… with projections from the latest climate models included in the data.
To check out NOAA View… here is the web page…..
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