MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View have released data projecting global temperatures and rainfall through the year 2100.
The projections provide a detailed view of future temperature and precipitation patterns, and also daily estimates of maximum and minimum temperatures and rainfall across the globe.
The information is expected to help scientists and planners to better cope with extreme weather conditions in the future, while also getting a better understanding of hazards such as severe drought, floods and heat waves.
“NASA is in the business of taking what we’ve learned about our planet from space and creating new products that help us all safeguard our future,” said Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist, in a press release. “With this new global dataset, people around the world have a valuable new tool to use in planning how to cope with a warming planet.”
The data projects changes worldwide to different scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide: a “business as usual” scenario based on current trends and an “extreme case” with a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the extreme scenario, the numbers are startling, with the average July temperature across a large part of the globe in 2099 topping 90 degrees, and in some areas, even topping 100 degrees.
The data was presented this week as part of an international public-private partnership called Climate Services for Resilient Development. The Obama Administration announced the partnership, which is aimed at empowering developing nations to boost their own climate resilience.