DATABASE: Once and Future Climate

Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 23a
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5629.23a

Suppose you want to gather historical rainfall statistics for Brazil or check up on ocean temperatures in the Pacific to see if a new El Niño is brewing. Just click on the Web home of the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction at Columbia University in New York City, a storehouse of climate data and analysis. The site offers seasonal climate forecasts, while the monthly Climate Digest discusses the impact of current weather around the world and predicts changes for the next 3 months. Download an armload of maps, such as May's deviations from average temperature over Asia (above). The more than 300 data sets from various government agencies, universities, and individual researchers cover everything from cloud thickness to the composition of Arctic ice cores.

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