How to create an online map of all the states in America?
Posted On June 18, 2021
More than 40 states are part of a new map, created by researchers from the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, showing how states would be affected by a warming climate.
The map, titled “Climate Change: The Americas: Future States,” was created by the team led by climate scientist David Myers, whose previous work on the topic included a 2016 paper titled “Why does the Arctic get warmer?”
The map was created using data from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is one of the world’s most authoritative scientific bodies.
Myers, who is also a professor of Earth and space sciences at MIT, has previously studied climate change in the Americas and was instrumental in the creation of the new map.
In a press release announcing the map, Myers said the “big picture” of the region’s future is a “more dynamic climate and more extreme weather events, along with longer and more frequent droughts, more extreme heat waves, and more wildfires.”
The new map “demonstrates that the U.S. can’t simply ignore climate change and expect to avoid the consequences,” Myers wrote.
The researchers did not say how many of the states would fall under the map.
Myers told Fox News that the map was made using an existing database of global climate change projections that already exists.
“It’s a very accurate, very sophisticated climate map, and it’s also incredibly accurate in terms of the number of states that are included in it,” Myers said.
The new maps are based on an earlier paper that Myers published last year, and is part of an effort to get climate models and other scientific tools more up-to-date and adapt to the changing climate.
Myers has since developed his own tools for making climate maps.
The paper has been cited by scientists, scientists from the White House, Congress, and state and local governments across the country.