Now, know about climate changes in 2100, this new app will tell you
New Delhi : Global warming is topic of concern, today. According to a report released by United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there is an urgent need to limit the increase in average temperatures to 1.5 degree Celsius. The global temperature needs to be controlled until 2030, else the impact will be irreversible and catastrophic. However, common people might not understand how global climate works and changes affect our lives. Therefore, Craig Wallace, a University of East Anglia scientist, has developed an app that lets users explore global climate change projections. Now, let's see what does the app has in store for us.
Using scientific data from the US-based National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), the app gives a monthly or 10-day global summary of actual and expected climate conditions of any town or city in the world. Interested people can download the app and choose to see data on rainfall, temperature, minimum temperature and maximum temperature in the two summary formats.
“The motivation was to make it easier for non-specialists to access the same data that scientists are using to monitor and predict global climate change,” says Wallace, co-founder and lead climate scientist, EarthSystemData, over email. “The app assembles and plots the very latest climate conditions and lets users explore the same climate predictions that governments are using to plan for decades ahead. It is one of the world’s first apps to do that,” he adds.
Sources confirmed that scientists have made the projections by using statistical methodology derived from current global climate circulation models (GCMs). These are a type of computer-driven models for weather forecasting, understanding climate and projecting climate change. These models simulate the effects of natural and man-made impacts on the Earth’s climate for future years. It is just like putting numbers into a mathematical formula to derive an answer. Only here, numerical values are replaced with atmospheric and climate data.
“There are two parts to the app: 1, what is happening now; and 2, what will happen in the future. For 1, the app shows you where the planet is currently warmer or colder than normal for the latest 10 days, and the last month. For 2, the app gives you predictions for the 2040s, 2060s, and 2080s. For all parts you can retrieve information for any global town or city, in any country,” Wallace explains.
Also, he explained that the current version is designed primarily to make the information suitable for the general public and more features will be added in the future and at that stage it will be possible to expand into content geared towards more professional uses. “A priority for us is to re-invest in the product so we can add more interactivity to the content—and particularly expand the detail of the future forecasts. One area which is a priority for our users is seasonal forecasting and we have the infrastructure and data streams now to plan for adding these features,” Wallace adds.
If you want to use the app in your android and iOS device then you need to spend £2.99 (around Rs. 280) a month. The best part is that you will get 30-day free trial after you buy the pack. For more information, visit Earthsystemdata.com.