Climate Similarity Search - GeoWeb Tool for Exploring Climate Variability

Climate Similarity Search - GeoWeb Tool for Exploring Climate Variability AbstractClimate and climate change are among scientific topics most widely recognized by the public. Thus, climatologists seek out effective ways of communicating results of their research to various constituencies - a task made difficult by the complexity of the concept of climate. The current standard for communicated variability of climate on the global scale is a map based on the Köppen-Geiger classification (KGC) of climates, and maps of change in average annual temperatures and total annual precipitation for communicating climate change. The ClimateEx (Climate Explorer) project (http://sil.uc.edu/webapps/climateex/) communicates spatial variability and temporal change of global climate in a novel way by using data science concept of search using similarity-based query. ClimateEx is implemented as web-based visual spatial search tool. Users select a location (query) and ClimateEx returns a similarity map which visually communicates locations of places in the world having climates similar to the climate at a query location. ClimateEx can also inform about magnitude of temporal climate change by calculating a global map of local magnitudes of climate change. It offers personalized means of communicating climate heterogeneity and conveying magnitude of climate change in a single map. It has an advantage of relating climate to user’s own experience and is well-suited for communicating character of global climate to specialists and non-specialists alike. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

Climate Similarity Search - GeoWeb Tool for Exploring Climate Variability

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American Meteorological Society
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Copyright © American Meteorological Society
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1520-0477
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10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0334.1
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Abstract

AbstractClimate and climate change are among scientific topics most widely recognized by the public. Thus, climatologists seek out effective ways of communicating results of their research to various constituencies - a task made difficult by the complexity of the concept of climate. The current standard for communicated variability of climate on the global scale is a map based on the Köppen-Geiger classification (KGC) of climates, and maps of change in average annual temperatures and total annual precipitation for communicating climate change. The ClimateEx (Climate Explorer) project (http://sil.uc.edu/webapps/climateex/) communicates spatial variability and temporal change of global climate in a novel way by using data science concept of search using similarity-based query. ClimateEx is implemented as web-based visual spatial search tool. Users select a location (query) and ClimateEx returns a similarity map which visually communicates locations of places in the world having climates similar to the climate at a query location. ClimateEx can also inform about magnitude of temporal climate change by calculating a global map of local magnitudes of climate change. It offers personalized means of communicating climate heterogeneity and conveying magnitude of climate change in a single map. It has an advantage of relating climate to user’s own experience and is well-suited for communicating character of global climate to specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Bulletin of the American Meteorological SocietyAmerican Meteorological Society

Published: Oct 26, 2017

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