TOOLS: Time and Temperature

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Science  01 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5731, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5731.27b

This graphing tool, created by biogeochemist Jeffrey Hicke of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, allows ecologists and other researchers to plot more than a century of U.S. temperatures without having to wrestle with often-complex climate data sets. Visitors can enter coordinates for a particular location in the lower 48 states, and the site graphs temperature anomalies—each year's deviation from the long-term average—for the nearest weather station. Plots can display maximum, minimum, and average temperatures from up to four data archives. Users can also chart aggregate values for 35 ecoprovinces, zones with similar climate and vegetation such as the chaparral of southern California.

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