Release of the GCCV

Initial release of the CMIP5 Global Climate Change Viewer

The Global Climate Change Viewer (GCCV) is used to visualize future temperature and precipitation changes simulated by global climate models in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5).  The application allows the user to visualize projected climate change (temperature and precipitation) for each country, for all available models and all Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) emission scenarios (2.6, 4.5, 6.0 and 8.5 [more info]).  In addition, the application includes access to the currently available model simulations from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; 21 ka) and mid-Holocene (6 ka), which are part of the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project phase 3 (PMIP3).

Start using the GCCV application now.

November 2012 Update

New features and data

  • The web page menu system has been modified and updated
  • In addition to monthly averages, daily averages are now available for Dynamically Downscaled RegCM3 data
  • The data are now written into files containing one variable for all times.  This greatly reduces file sizes and ftp downloading time over the former files that contained all variables.
  • A variety of simple diagnostic plots for temperature and precipitation in the RCCV web application are now available to aid users in determining basic model performance over geographic areas of interest.  Details can be found here: Model-evaluation
  • Time-series plots of daily temperature and precipitation for each simulation are now provided. The plots with tables that provide quantile information of future changes.  Details can be found here: Model-evaluation
  • The RCD web application time series has been replaced with project metadata
  • The USFWS/USDAFS statistically downscaled data from from the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington (CIG) is now available
  • Posters and presentations have been added to the Publications and Use page that use Dynamically Downscaled RegCM3 data

Data Release

We are pleased to announce the release of our dynamically downscaled regional climate dataset. We thank our sponsors and funding sources that helped provide the computer and storage resources needed to complete this project. This project has been roughly two and half years in the making and we’re excited to present it to the public and research community.

USGS Open-File Report 2011-1238:
Dynamically Downscaled Climate Simulations over North America: Methods, Evaluation, and Supporting Documentation for Users