Climate at a Glance

Global Background

The global component of Climate at a Glance (GCAG) provides global-scale temperature information using data from NOAA's Merged Land Ocean Global Surface Temperature Analysis (NOAAGlobalTemp), which uses comprehensive data collections of increased global coverage over land (Global Historical Climatology Network-Monthly) and ocean (Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature) surfaces. The tool provides near real-time analysis of monthly and annual temperatures for the globe and is intended for the study of climate variability and change. Data is provided globally, by hemisphere, and by land and ocean surface components. The interactive mapping tool allows analysis of the spatial patterns of global temperature anomalies and regional temperature analysis. Recent data are preliminary and may be modified after appropriate quality control has been performed.