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Climate change website with user-friendly applications

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today.  Researchers and designers at the University of California, Berkeley, are using the latest data visualization tools to synthesize 150 years of climate change data into a user-friendly website called Cal-adapt.org. Kevin Koy, who manages the Geospatial Innovation Facility, explains that the website is constantly updated to keep up with new research and changing technologies.

Koy:               The scientists that are developing the data are constantly refining their methods to improve the models and improve their projections and so we'll be able to add new tools as new datasets become available.

Narrator:       One project in the works is a geocaching program that will make available a wealth of photographs of the California landscape in the 1920s and 1930s.

Koy:               So what we'll be doing is hosting some of these historical photos with a loose location and inviting people to go find that exact location and reshoot with their camera what it looks like today. And then you can actually compare the vegetation and what species are present and different things like that.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.