Five-Year Average Global Temperature Anomalies from 1881 to 2007
on January 16, 2008
Each year, scientists at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies analyze global temperature data. A rapid warming trend has occurred over the past 30 years, and the eight hottest years on the GISS record have occurred in the past decade. 2005 is the hottest year on record, and 2007 is tied with 1998 for second place. The Earth is experiencing the warmest level of the current interglacial period, or interval between ice ages, which has lasted nearly 12,000 years. This color-coded map displays a long term progression of changing global surface temperatures, from 1881 to 2007. Dark red indicates the greatest warming and dark blue indicates the greatest cooling.
This data visualization of global temperature differences from 1881 to 2007. Dark blue areas show regions where the temperature was cooler then the average temperature. Red areas show regions where the temperature was warmer then the average.
Global temperature anomalies averaged from 2003 to 2007.
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator James Hansen Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist Makiko Sato Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist Reto A. Ruedy Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist Ken Lo Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist David Lea Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara): Scientist Martin Medina-Elizade (University of California, Santa Barbara): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Data provided by Robert B. Schmunk (NASA/GSFC GISS)
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 22.214.171.124.0