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Six Decades of a Warming Earth by NASA

Published on Jan 21, 2014

This visualization shows how global temperatures have risen from 1880 through the end of 2013. NASA scientists say 2013 tied for the seventh warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 133-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

The visualization shows a running five-year average global temperature, as compared to a baseline average global temperature from 1951-1980.

This color-coded map displays a progression of changing global surface temperatures anomalies from 1880 through 2013. Higher than normal temperatures are shown in red and lower then normal temperatures are shown in blue.

Animator: Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
Producer: Leslie McCarthy
Scientists: James Hansen Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS)
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems)

EarthSayers James Hansen; Leslie McCarthy; Lori Perkins

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