Mission: To identify the chain of connections between greenhouse gas emissions and individual climate events.
Background: Originally launched in 2010 as an independent project of Climate Nexus, Climate Signals uses mapping tools to identify and illustrate the impacts of climate change on the ground while highlighting long-term climate trends and the physical processes at work. The platform makes sense of climate trend complexity by drawing a line from current climate events through a hierarchy of signals connected to the anthropogenically driven increase in atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. Climate signals are defined as long-term trends and projections that carry the fingerprint of climate change. Examples of observable long-term trends linked to climate change include rising sea levels, an increase in the frequency of extreme precipitation events, and warming sea surface temperatures. In 2016, Climate Signals underwent a graphic redesign and content expansion and launched a beta platform for cataloging and mapping these trends as well as observable impacts of climate change.
Outstanding Web Features: The Climate Signals platform comprises a curated database of events and their links to climate change; an event-mapping engine; a searchable repository of climate-related reports; and a searchable gallery of climate change monitors that relay real-time data. For each event in the database, an infographic engine provides a custom "signal tree" that illustrates the connection of that event to climate change. Visitors to the site can also check out a selection of climate change resources and provide feedback on the site.