Weather and climate mapping are applied far beyond evening news broadcasts. Businesses, government agencies and individuals rely on weather data and information products to drive economic growth, protect lives and property and support decision-making. Meteorologists, climatologists and GIS practitioners are increasingly integrating weather and climate data into their GIS workflows, combining them with other data to advance atmospheric science research; analyse the impact to populations, infrastructure and ecosystems; and build myriads of apps enabling adaptation to climate change. 

US Climate Resilience Toolkit

Use the Climate Explorer for multiscale exploration of various layers, swipe tools, charts, 6-km grids for the US, options for county-level aggregation and much more.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

NCAR is partnering with Esri to provide global climate data and models for ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, particularly for the NCAR Community Earth System Model. This is driving new apps and lessons furthering understanding of the atmosphere to benefit science and society.

Are we getting warmer? See for yourself
Learn how to use new online lessons to explore future climate projections.
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Fact-check climate change where you live
Learn how to use ArcGIS Pro to explore future climate projections.
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View data, maps, and imagery contributed by our many partners in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.
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Read the book: GIS for Science
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The Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center leverages GIS for the processing, archival and distribution of NASA solid earth science data in the areas of radiation budget, clouds, aerosols and tropospheric composition.

NOAA National Weather Service

Esri supports a variety of enterprise GIS operations within NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), as well as the multiagency National Ice Center (NIC), the US Navy and the US Coast Guard. The NIC's Satellite Image Processing and Analysis System, guided by ArcGIS sea ice and iceberg maps, helps ensure safe navigation in polar regions for ships operating near, through and beneath sea ice.    

Blog posts: Climate and data science

Don't miss these detailed, informative and insightful blog posts from Kevin Butler, writing on the intersection of climatology with spatiotemporal analytics and machine learning.

Book: Mapping Weather and Climate with GIS

Mapping and Modeling Weather and Climate with GIS, an edited volume from Esri Press, features conceptual and practical essays by leading climatologists, meteorologists, and other experts on how GIS and analysis contribute to the advancement of atmospheric science.


For many years, the NCAR GIS program has fostered interdisciplinary science, spatial data interoperability and knowledge sharing using GIS. The program provides training and supports both new and specialist users of GIS for atmospheric research, as well as addressing broader issues of climate change adaption, public health and safety.

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