Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has developed a free climate-based application that developers can adapt and use and that can give anyone an idea of the current state of global warming.

Copernicus is the flagship programme for Earth observation in the European Union: it operates through six thematic services and provides freely accessible operational data and services, providing users with reliable and up-to-date information about our planet and the environment.

C3S is a service implemented by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast on behalf of the European Commission and the new Global Temperature Trend Monitor is just an example of how the climate data Copernicus collects and processes can be transformed into a wide variety of

This free app allows anyone to incorporate current changes in global average temperature trends within the 1.5°C limit set by the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

The agreement, now signed by 196 states and the European Union, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, keeping the global temperature rise in the 21st century well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit

The application, Copernicus points out, provides an indexed scale to explore the temperature change compared to the pre-industrial period for any point between 2000 and today. A red line showing the average heating rate over the last 30 years is extended in the future until the 1.5°C limit is reached.

Updated on a monthly basis, the application provides a virtually real-time version of a chart originally from the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change (IPCC), Global Warming of 1.5°C.

Scientists and technical specialists who are trying to develop applications like this can find a practical way to do so, accessing and downloading data in their environments or using the built-in toolbox, to create applications directly online.

Data access can be done manually via a graphical user interface (GUI) or using the Application Program Interface (API) of C3S Climate Data Store. The C3S API provides programmatic access to all available data on its Climate Data Store.

The C3S API page offers explanations and examples of how to use the interface to easily access data and enable innovative solutions for adaptation to climate change.

The applications themselves are based on tools provided in Climate Datastore Toolbox. For all applications, users can access the code that generated the application by clicking on the Source code tab, as well as using the general documentation of the Toolbox.

Environmental data to build apps

The versatility of C3S environmental data, said Copernicus, is illustrated by the range of other applications that have been created through the service toolbox environment.

One such application is the new Fire Weather Index (FWI) system that takes the form of an interactive map to help the user study the current and future fire hazard in any administrative region in Europe.

The application was specifically created for the tourism sector, as destinations based on outdoor activities may be negatively affected by a change in the risk of fire.

FWI involves the use of two different C3S data sets. Long-term indicators derived from climate projections and re-analysis are combined to link climate conditions with the likelihood of fires in Europe. The application can be used by anyone free of charge, whether it is curious citizens, fire management organisations, companies, politicians or researchers. It is easy for anyone to try it in the C3S Climate Data Store, which offers a user guide, the data sets used and the source code.

Although tourism will still be outside the agenda for at least part of 2021, the long-term impact of climate change is the next major challenge for the sector. A particularly vulnerable and complex area susceptible to climate change is mountain tourism.

The Mountain Tourism application provides an interactive map that compares past and future snow conditions at different altitudes. An application connected also tracks the variables relative to the height.

CS3 and Covid-19 data

The apps created by C3S are also used to advance research in epidemiology.

The Monthly Explorer for Covid-19 allows any user to explore the possible connections between temperature, humidity and virus spread. It also offers the possibility to examine specific data on air pollution.

As with the Global Temperature Trend Monitor, C3S scientists have created an application that shows the possibilities that Copernicus data can offer researchers in epidemiology and other medical specialists involved in the fight against pandemics.

Recent research suggests that, as is often the case with other viruses, the spread of Covid-19 could be influenced by the temperature and humidity of the air. In addition, air pollution, in particular fine dusts, could be involved in morbidity due to Covid-19 and its spread.

This application allows the user to explore some of these statements by tracing the temperature and humidity of the air, together with the air pollution climate levels provided by the parallel service of C3S, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), with

For app developers, the Copernicus Incubation programme, launched by the European Commission, allows European entrepreneurs to use Earth observation data to create commercially viable products and services. The programme allocates €50,000 to 20 European start-ups each year.

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