UI-ACSL Visualization Tools


NW CLIMATE TOOLBOX

Collection of Visualization tools

This website provides a collection of visualization tools for the Northwest USA.

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Climate Engine

Data Download/Visualization of Remote Sensing and Meteorological Datasets

ClimateEngine.org is a web application that utilizes cloud computing to access datasets from the Google Cloud and process the data using the Google Earth Engine. This web application allows you to visualize spatial maps and time series summaries of remote sensing data (MODIS and Landsat) and gridded meteorological data (gridMET,CFSR,CHIRPS) and download the data too.

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West Wide Drought Tracker

Data Download/Visualization of PRISM Meteorological Dataset

West Wide Drought Tracker is a web application that allows visualization of the PRISM meteorological dataset in the form of time series summaries.

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Cold Hardiness Zone Tools

Cold Hardiness Zones and Crop Suitability: Current and Future

The cold hardiness zone tools are based upon the work of our graduate student, Lauren Parker. There are currently two tools: a cold hardiness zones and a crop suitability tool. The cold hardiness zone tool allows the user to view a map of USDA cold hardiness zones under current conditions and under future scenarios for the early/mid/late part of the 21st century. The crop suitability tool allows the user to select a range of cold hardiness zones and to view a map of locations in that range now and under future scenarios for the early/mid/late part of the 21st century.

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Weather and Wheat Yield Tool

Weather and Wheat Yield

The weather and wheat yield tools are based upon the work of our graduate student, Wenlong Feng. The weather and wheat yield tool allow the user to view records of winter wheat yield by county (i.e. in Washington, Oregon and Idaho covering the REACCH region) and to explore how detrended wheat yields sit within the space of weather each year (in terms of precipitation and temperature).

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Snowfall and Extreme Event Probabilistic Analysis Tool

Probabilistic information regarding annual snowfall totals and extreme snowfall events

The SFE Probabilistic Analysis Tool is based upon the work of our graduate student, Abigail Lute. This tool provides probabilistic information regarding annual snowfall totals and extreme snowfall events. The tool is informed by research on the importance of extreme snowfall events to annual snowfall totals and to interannual variability in snowfall (Lute and Abatzoglou,2014).

This tool has the potential to serve as a guidance product in decision making processes relevant to reservoir management, flood control, water supply commitments, agriculture/cropping, and other matters dependent on water supply.

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Mapping Tool

Maps of Projected AgClimate

This tool visualizes spatial maps of projections of climate projections (i.e. from MACA) over seasons (winter,spring,summer,fall, annual), over early/mid/late 21st century for the individual global climate models and the multi-model mean. Climate metrics that can be viewed are temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and radiation. Derived climate metrics of interest to agriculture that can be viewed are growing degree day models and metrics related to cold or heat stress. The user has the ability to overlay US state and county boundaries on the map and customize the colors and data ranges used in making the map layer. The user can also download the data for the maps in netCDF or geoTIFF formats or imported as WMS layers.

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Climatology Tool

Figures of Climatology of Temperature/Precipitation

This tool visualizes the climatology of point locations from the 4-km gridded gridMET meteorological dataset in terms of average monthly temperatures and precipitation.

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Scatterplot of Climate Projections Tool

Figures of Climate Projections

This tool visualizes a scatterplot of future projections from the future climate/hydrology/vegetation results of the Integrated Scenarios project. The user can select a rectangular region from a map and choose parameters for the axes, including the variable and season for the projection. Displayed is a scatterplot of points indicating the future projection under the RCP 4.5/8.5 scenarios.

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Boxplot of Climate Projections Tool

Figures of Climate Projections

This tool visualizes a boxplot of future projections from the future climate/hydrology/vegetation results of the Integrated Scenarios project. The user can select a rectangular region from a map and choose a variable, season and future time period for the projection. Displayed is a boxplot the future projection under the RCP 4.5/8.5 scenarios.

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Annual Time Series

Annual Time Series Summaries Tool

This tool visualizes annual summaries of time series of the MACA data, allowing visualization of all of the model projections and comparison between future emission scenarios. The annual time series summaries tool allows the user to see a quick synopsis of the range of future projections from the different global climate models and between future emission scenarios. Metrics shown include minimum/maximum temperature, precipation, solar radiation, wind speed either annually or seasonal.

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Future Streamflow Projections Tool

Figures of Streamflow Projections

This tool visualizes future streamflow projections using the future hydrology results of the Integrated Scenarios project. The user can select a stream location from a map and look at different future model projections for streamflow. Displayed are monthly streamflows in the historical and future periods under the RCP 4.5/8.5 scenarios.

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Downscaled Seasonal Forecasts Map Tool

Maps of Forecast Projections

This tool visualizes spatial maps of downscaled seasonal forecasts from NOAA's NMME project. The user can display either all forecast months or a specific model's forecasts for a single month.

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Downscaled Seasonal Forecasts Time Series Tool

Time Series of Forecast Projections

This tool visualizes time series of downscaled seasonal forecasts from NOAA's NMME project. The user chooses a single point location in the Western USA and can choose to look at daily/monthly/seasonal frequencies of these time series.

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Downscaled Seasonal Forecasts Skill Tool

Tables of Forecast Skill

This tool visualizes the model skill of different monthly/seasonal average forecasts of the downscaled seasonal forecasts from NOAA's NMME project. This tool is based on the results of an analysis of spatial correlations in comparing downscaled model hindcasts to actual observations on a 4-km grid.

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Inland NW Climate Tracker

Figures and Maps of Weather Station Data

The inland NW Climate Tracker tool allows the user to quickly see weather station data from stations in the inland Northwest (i.e. Eastern Washington, Idaho, Western Montana), USA. The time series tool allos the user to see aggregations of the station data over individual months, seasons or years and displays these aggregations over the years in the period of record. The mapping tool shows the individual station's aggregations on a map of the inland NW. Station data can also be downloaded from the tool.

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California Climate Tracker

Figures and Maps of Changes in California Climate

The California Climate Tracker tool allows the user to track climate variability and change for the state of California, USA as both an average over the entire state, over large sub-regions of the state and at weather stations located over the state. The time series tool shows the interannual variability in temperature/precipitation over historical years. The mapping tools show deviations in monthly temperature/precipitation for individual months, seasons or years.

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