Observing & Predicting

(animation) Decades ago, the majority of the Arctic's winter ice pack was made up of thick, perennial ice. Today, very old ice is extremely rare.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

  • (animation) Decades ago, the majority of the Arctic's winter ice pack was made up of thick, perennial ice. Today, very old ice is extremely rare.

  • Observations of global temperature going back to 1880 reveal that our planet's temperature is rising. This animation shows maps of yearly temperature compared to the 1981-2010 average from the start of the historical record through 2014--the wamrest year on record. Each year's map is synced with a graph showing the evolution of our planet's temperature as compared to the 20th-century average.

  • Earth’s surface temperature in 2014 was the warmest on record. Five months set new records for warmth, and a sixth tied for record warmest.

  • Fish nursery. Bird sanctuary. Storm surge blocker. Maryland’s Blackwater Marsh Wildlife Refuge is all those things and more. And it could be completely underwater by the end of this century. A team of ecologists and climate experts is determined to find and conserve migration corridors for the critical wetland ecosystem.

  • (animation) The Lower 48 United States was 0.5°F above average in 2014, making it the 34th warmest year in the historical record (1895-2014).  It was the 18th year in a row with above-average temperature.