Jun 18, 2015 by

A NASA supercomputer has just provided high-resolution climate projections through the end of the century.

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Forget your weather app with its five- or even ten-day forecasts — a supercomputer at NASA has just provided us with high-resolution climate projections through the end of the century. The massive new 11-terabyte data set combines historical daily temperatures and precipitation measurements with climate simulations under two greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. The project spans from 1950 to 2100, but users can easily zero in on daily timescales for their own locales — which is precisely the point.

The projections can be found on Amazon for free for all to see and plan by. The space agency hopes that developing nations and poorer communities that may not have any spare supercomputers lying around will use the info to predict and prepare for climate change.

Clara Chaisson is a Boston-based writer and Earthwire’s associate editor. She previously reported for Audubon magazine, and recently graduated from Boston University with an M.S. in science journalism. Follow her on Twitter @clarachaisson.

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