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Climate85 API: Easy Access to Complex Geospatial Information

With the launch of the climate85 API our users can have direct access to our geospatial data on our easy-to-use platform. They can get direct datapoints on their addresses and locations which can be used for a plethora of analysis. The question of why we built the API and how we got here is important to understand. After all, accessing such complex data is never that simple.

Heat Story Insight

Each year we have been feeling an increasing number of days that are hotter than what we are used to. Climate change and carbon emissions are the big culprits for this change in temperature, yet have you ever stopped to think how extremely hot days and heatwaves  will be in the next 5, 10, or even 50 years? 

The way that our society will respond to climate change and all its causes will drastically affect our future and define the many risks that climate change brings. A changing climate requires that we act to reduce our impact and to be prepared to face its consequences.  

State of predicting wildfires in Canada

There have been efforts to estimate the probability of fires breaking out, but this work is nowhere near to the scale needed for Canada-wide coverage, and the techniques used are difficult to implement on this broader scale.

Academic papers over the years have looked at specific regions of Canada to estimate how likely it is that wildfires ignite and spread. And while the papers are very advanced, they altogether lack a standardized methodology and geographic scale. 

 

Why climate85 

Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases due to human activity-related emissions are causing the Earth’s climate to become warmer. Higher greenhouse gas concentrations lead to more energy trapped in the atmosphere, which in turn leads to a warmer planet.  The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) classifies different scenarios of climate change based on possible 21st century societal responses. These are known as SSPs (Shared-Socioeconomic Pathways).

Climate Change

There have been efforts to estimate the probability of fires breaking out, but this work is nowhere near to the scale needed for Canada-wide coverage, and the techniques used are difficult to implement on this broader scale. Academic papers over the years have looked at specific regions of Canada to estimate how likely it is that wildfires ignite and spread. And while the papers are very advanced, they altogether lack a standardized methodology and geographic scale.