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Climate Science

Climate Central is a leading authority on climate science. Our science team cuts through the hype with clear-eyed analysis of climate change, delivering just the facts and findings. We dig deep into the the data to produce reports on climate trends and impacts, from state level temperature trends, to wildfires, heat waves, drought, precipitation and more. Our reports make climate change interesting and meaningful to people where they live, and provide policy-makers with objective, relevant facts on the issue.

Selected Reports

Surging Seas:
Floods Threaten Coastal U.S.

This report, complete with an interactive map tool, is the first major national analysis of sea level rise in 20 years.
The Heat is On:
U.S. Temperature Trends

This report uses a state-by-state interactive map to illustrate where the U.S. has warmed the most, and the least, over the past 100 years

Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States
A look at the most climate-friendly cars on the market today and how that list varies depending on where you live.
Hurricane Sandy’s Untold
Filthy Legacy: Sewage

New report illustrating how sea level rise & storm surge threatens infrastructure and the environment.
Natural Gas & Climate Change
An extensive review of the potential global warming impacts of switching U.S. power generation from coal to natural gas.

A Roadmap to
Climate-friendly Cars

America's high-carbon energy grid is short- circuiting efforts to give consumers climate-friendly, electric-vehicle options.
U.S. Shows Rapid Rise
of Temps Since First Earth Day

A state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day in 1970.  
Can U.S. Carbon 
Emissions Keep Falling?

An analysis illustrating how the current downward trend in U.S. carbon emissions is unlikely to continue in the years ahead.
The Age of Western Wildfires

A scientific review of the observed link between climate change and wildfires in the western U.S.

Selected Interactives

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Threats in the U.S. The Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World One-Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
2012 Was Warmest and 2nd-Most Extreme Year on Record 2012 Record Temperatures:
Which States Led the Nation
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Interactive Temp Tracker
Interactive Wildfire Map
Shows Outbreaks in Real-Time
Twisters Past and Present:
Interactive Tornado Tracker
State-by-State Look at How
Early Spring Has Arrived

Our Climate Science Team

Ben Strauss, Ph.D. 
Vice President for Climate Impacts,
Director of the Program on
Sea Level Rise
Bernadette Woods Placky 
Meteorologist, Climate Matters 
Program Director
Heidi Cullen, Ph.D.
Chief Climatologist
Dennis Adams-Smith
Senior Data Analyst
Claudia Tebaldi, Ph.D.
Science Fellow
Alyson Kenward, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Research Director
Eric Larson, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Energy Systems

Climate Central in the Media

Selected Examples:

Heidi Cullen's Senate Testimony
on Climate Change, July 18, 2013

Ben Strauss Talks Hurricane Sandy,
Rising Seas with Anderson Cooper

Heidi Cullen Tackles Extremes

Mike Lemonick on "Wake Up With Al" talks Global Weirdness

Ben Strauss' Senate Testimony
on Sea Level Rise, April 19, 2012

Coverage of our report,
Surging Seas, Inundates the Nation

Our Other Programs



Sea Level Rise