Climate Change & Global Warming
Scientists know about climate change since many years. But it turned out to be a though job to fight global warming and its effects. One of the reasons for the bad circumstances in this case is the lack of information on that topic. Many people continued to deny that there is a climate change that is human-made.
At meteostat we believe that open data can help to educate people about climate change and its consequences. There are many statistics available on the internet. But for a long time there was no simple tool to view all data for all countries. It is meteostat’s goal to provide a wide variety of data for as many places as possible.
You can actually see that climate change is happening when you take a look on meteostat’s history data. But in this context the development of our climate in the future is also an interesting topic.
meteostat offers a simple and easy to use tool for viewing climate simulations for the future. Our data is presented in a way that allows users to compare our current climate with what is up to come regarding different scenarios.
The so called Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) were adopted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in 2014. The different pathways are used for climate modelling and research on climate change. There are four RCP scenarios which are named after a projected range of radiative forcing (difference of sunlight absorbed by the earth and total energy radiated back to space) in the year 2100 compared to pre-industrial measurements.
The RCP scenarios include all possible developments – depending on how we change our behavior in the future. Currently, we only show projections of temperature and precipitation for the period from 2050 to 2070.
You can select between four different path ways:
- RCP 2.6: Peak of annual GHG emissions between 2010-2020, afterwards declining
- RCP 4.5: Peak around 2040, afterwards lower emissions
- RCP 6.0: Peak of CO2 emissions around 2080, afterwards declining
- RCP 8.5: Emissions continue to rise