The global climate maps presented here are based on data for mean monthly values of temperature, precipitation and cloudiness prepared in 1991 by R. Leemans and W. Cramer and published by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Global maps can be viewed for rainfall, temperature and sunshine fraction. For each of these parameters, the data can be displayed as the average annual or monthly value, or an animation of each month of the year. Several maps show the world climate according to the Koeppen classification system, which classifies climates as tropical, dry, temperate, cold, and polar. In addition, there are maps of biomass potential. The maps on this website would be useful for research or presentations; the animations are especially effective for showing seasonal changes across the globe. The data and maps can also be downloaded and manipulated with the WinDisp software, which is available for download.
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