WRI lifts the veil on new climate analysis tool

WRI lifts the veil on new climate analysis tool

Emissions photo by Todd Klassy via Shutterstock

The world of open data welcomed a new platform this summer — the World Resources Institute (WRI) Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, or CAIT 2.0. The platform offers free online access to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other climate data, enabling researchers, policymakers, media, and others to download, visualize and share data for analysis and communications on climate change.

The next iteration of CAIT 2.0, featuring improved functionality and other upgrades, was rolled out Oct. 28. Here are some key features of the new platform:

1. A streamlined interface

Visitors easily can select and sort data by country, sector, type of gas, etc. CAIT 2.0 is also more readily usable on a range of mobile devices such as iPads and other large tablets.

2. A new data set

The platform includes the latest data on developed countries’ GHG emissions, as reported by these countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This collection features emissions totals by gas and by economic sector for 42 Annex I countries, and is available for the period between 1990 and 2011. (This complements the existing Country GHG Emissions data collection, which compiles data from a variety of government and non-government sources.)

3. Ability to create map visualizations

As visitors view CAIT’s data, the tool can create accompanying bar, line and/or pie chart visualizations. A mapping feature allows visitors to create easy-to-read and compelling graphical comparisons of country or U.S. state emissions data.

4. Ability to download and share visualizations

Visitors can create and download their own data visualizations and infographics. These also can be embedded in online documents or shared on social media from the CAIT 2.0 platform.

5. Regional groupings of countries and U.S. states

CAIT 2.0 now enables visitors to view data for groups of countries -- such as developing vs. developed nations -- and regions of the United States. These groupings allow for a new dimension of comparative analysis.

6. Easy access to location-specific data

CAIT 2.0 provides GHG emissions data for 186 countries and 50 U.S. states. With a single click, users can see a complete list of available data for a particular country, region or state.

What’s next?

While CAIT 2.0 is already a valuable tool for anyone working in the field of climate change research and communications, it is still a work in progress. In the months ahead, developers will be working on additional platform upgrades, expanding and updating the platform’s data collections and publishing their own research, analysis and insights. In the meantime, you can provide user feedback via this online form.

The original version of this story appeared on the World Resources Institute (WRI) Insights blog.

Emissions photo by Todd Klassy via Shutterstock