Climate Map & Online Tools

A tool that visualizes ongoing research in climate change.

The Climate Map started as an internal team discovery tool to shape our own understanding of the climate change industry and where strategic opportunities exist to participate in or leverage complex interventions. Entries in the climate map are visualized in a network graph, off a relational database, showing the connections and interdependencies for climate projects in three areas:

The network view of the tool shows how ongoing climate research is connected by the actors and funders involved.
  1. Mitigation – climate interventions that reduce carbon (primarily) and other greenhouse gas emissions, either through reduction of production of emissions or through innovative techniques for emissions capture.
  2. Adaptation – climate interventions that take an active role in improving robustness and resiliency of habitats and occupants (humans, animals, plant life, etc.) in the face of climate changes (e.g. sea-level rise) and extreme weather.
  3. Geoengineering – human-engineered interventions, typically at a global or large ecosystem level (e.g. solar radiation management via introduction of atmospheric aerosols), to control or influence the Earth-climate system with the goal of reducing negative climate change impacts.

The map shows the actors and organizations that are leading climate change projects in these three areas, how the projects are funded, and how projects and actors relate to one another.

The global view of the interventions map demonstrates that climate research efforts are based all over the world.

Collaborators on this project include Amelia Wattenberger, Rocky Mitsuhashi, and Debbie Altomonte.