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New climate portal launches

By Juliet Eilperin

If you want to check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new climate portal, which was launched Monday as part of the government's proposed Climate Service, here are a few tips to some of the things worth viewing:

The Global Climate Dashboard is a cool feature that allows you to view climatic changes over time, all the way from 1880 to 2008, so you can see shifts over long time periods as well as short ones.

There are plenty of images to peek at, including one that shows how Arctic air translated into a chilly December for North America.

If you need a quick summary of a climate-related phenomenon, whether it's ocean acidification or Atlantic hurricanes, there are a set of online fact sheets.

A quick note: the portal is up and running, though if NOAA is going to reorganize itself, it will have to get the approval of House and Senate spending committees. So the new Climate Service is not yet off the ground, even though the agency's climate information is now accessible in a single site. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said he hoped to get approval as part of NOAA's fiscal year 2011 budget, which could take effect as early as Oct. 1.

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 |  February 8, 2010; 12:16 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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