Climate Data Browser
The Data Browser allows the user to visualize the historical climate stored in the system and carry out some basic data analysis.
Click on the Climate Data Browser icon in the Impact Models Tab to view the stored historical data in the system.
The main Climate Data Browser window with an accompanying map as depicted below will be displayed.
Open the data browser main window and choose a temporal scale, and then select a site by clicking on the associated map or from the site drop down box.
Click Load data.
This tool can be used for monthly, daily and hourly data. The table on the previous page shows the stored Chico Uni Farm, USA climate data from 1906 to 1997. After the data is loaded, four types of data analysis can be carried out by clicking the buttons in the toolbar menu.
Associated map. You can zoom in on an area on the map and click on the site to select a station. When you click on a station the name and its latitude and longitude are displayed in the accompanying data browser window. You will not know what data is present for that site until you click on ‘load data’ in the data browser.
When you do load the data look at the table to see what kind of information the file contains.
This file for Baytown, Texas includes precipitation and temperature data.
Note: the associated map shows the sites either inside the selected area or all the sites globally, depending on the selection of 'Show sites in selected area' or 'Show all (global) sites'.
If the location is present in the database a yellow (depending on the default colours you have selected under options drop down menu) symbol will be displayed at its location on the accompanying map.
Be creative and think of how working with the data could enhance your understanding of it. For example, perhaps you wish to find the 100 greatest rainfall events for your site over the length of record. How would you do that? With some creative thinking you can access some very interesting information on your site and then export the data for graphing in other programs such as Excel.