Climate Explorer Toolkit

Climate Explorer Toolkit

Maura Bennett
Maura Bennett

Southeast farmers and ranchers are beginning to plan for what may be a very different way of production in the future.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has created web-based tools that help visualize and communicate how climate conditions may change at a local level.

LuAnn Dahlman with the NOAA Program Office says one such tool is The Climate Explorer, which offers climate projections through 2100 for every county in the United States.

Dahlman says the Climate Explorer now has regional data for the Southeast.

Dahlman: “This will give you access to pages that are plain language narratives about what’s happening to the climate.”

The tool shows climate projections for temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables for two possible futures—one in which humans make a significant attempt to reduce global emissions of heat-trapping gases (lower emissions), and one in which the rate of global emissions continues rising through 2100.

Dahlman:” Some ways for people to explore what’s going on with the climate in their region. And they also come with case studies, what people have done about this. For instance, an alert system that helps strawberry growers reduce costs that are climate-related.”

There is a section on taking steps to resilience which is part of its risk management framework.

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