The Climate Explorer offers graphs, maps, and downloadable data of observed and projected climate variables for every county in the contiguous United States. The tool shows graphs and maps of climate projections for temperature, precipitation, and related climate variables for two possible futures: one in which humans make a moderate attempt to reduce global emissions of heat-trapping gases, and one in which the rate of global emissions continues rising through 2100.
The tool features innovative "tours" of its interactive graphs to help people interpret the data. The tool also features a clear method to compare conditions projected for each decade until 2100 based on two pathways that global emissions might follow. Text explanations in the tool's About page as well as the Definitions (and FAQs) page are available to help people make meaning of the data and envision the conditions projected for the future.
Users can zoom to locations of interest in the Climate Explorer's Search by Location section, interact with maps depicting two scenarios for eight climate variables from 1950 to 2100 in the View by Variable interface, or overlay and explore relationships between pairs of maps that represent assets of value and climate threats in the View by Topic section.