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NASA Climate Spiral 1880-2022

The visualization presents monthly global temperature anomalies between the years 1880-2022. Temperature anomalies are deviations from a long term global avergage. In this case the period 1951-1980 is used to define the baseline for the anomaly. These temperatures are based on the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP v4), an estimate of global surface temperature change. The data file used to create this visualization is publically accessible here.

The term 'climate spiral' describes an animated radial plot of global temperatures. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading popularized this style of visualization in 2016.

The Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) is a NASA laboratory managed by the Earth Sciences Division of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The laboratory is affiliated with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York.

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Visualization Credits

Mark SubbaRao (NASA/GSFC): Lead Visualizer
Ed Hawkins (National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading): Visualizer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Eytan Kaplan (Global Science and Technology, Inc.): Web Administrator
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Data Used:
GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)/GISTEMP
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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NASA Earth Science Focus Areas >> Climate Variability and Change