- Author: Elizabeth Crutchfield
Hi all! A bit of a change in narrator: I'm Elizabeth Crutchfield, Milt McGiffen's post-doc. I'll be writing this post and more in the future.
This post isn't specifically about biochar, but instead about online tools for graphing and modelling climate change. I assume that most people interested in biochar are also interested in climate change. Hopefully you find this helpful.
In March, I went to UC ANR 2017 Water Strategic Initiative Conference. Nancy Thomas from the Geospatial Innovation Facility at UC Berkeley gave a presentation about online resources for climate change. These are the site's she specifically mentioned, but these sites can link you to many more.
Climate Commons http://climate.calcommons.org/
Climate Commons is an extensive collection of climate change data. It links to many online climate assessment tools, like the ones we'll be covering shortly, as well as searchable database of climate change related datasets. A good starting point for people interested in finding resources related to climate change in California.
California Climate Console http://climateconsole.org/
California Climate Console allows you to choose a region of California and get projections of future temperatures and changes in water deficit and ecosystem carbon based on a number of different models. You can generate charts and graphs from the site and download them.
Our Coast Our Future http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/
Our Coast Our Future has an interactive map of the California coast that helps to visualize how increases in sea level will change the coast and coastal waters.
US Climate Resilience Toolkit https://toolkit.climate.gov/
The US Climate Resilience Toolkit aims to help business owners see how changes in the environment could impact their businesses and help them find ways to adapt. It also includes their Climate Explorer tool, which graphs of the change in temperature and precipitation from 1950 to 2100 for every county in the United States.
Nancy Thomas is actually one of the developers of Cal-Adapt. Cal-Adapt uses a number of different models to generate change in temperature, number of extremely hot days, sea level rise and snow pack. As with the other tools we talked about the charts are downloadable.
Almost all of these tools are specific to California but you can find links to tools for other states on California Climate Commons and the US Climate Resilience Toolkit.
If you have comments or questions please leave them in the comment section below. Have fun playing around on these sites!
San Francisco if the sea level increased by 5 meters. (Here you can see the Financial District, where my brother sometimes works, completely inundated.) From Our Coast Our Future
Average annual daily max temperature in Boston, Massachusetts. The gray areas indicate historical data. The blue line is projected temperatures under a low emission model. And the red line is from a high emission model. From the US Climate Resilience Toolkit
The number of days per year where the max temperature exceeds 103.6॰ in Riverside, CA. It increases from an historic average of 4.3 days to roughly 30 days under a low emissions models. Under the high emission model it increases to 46 days. (Maybe it's time for me to move…) From Cal-Adapt.