As data became available towards the end of the HELIX project, we are developing our HELIXscope high-end climate atlas. The purpose of HELIXscope is to help engage and make accessible potential future climates, uncertainties and data to support users and decision-makers wanting trusted climate knowledge.
This tool will allow users to see and interrogate HELIX results at a global, regional or country level and to explore some of the projected impacts of 1.5°C, 2°C and 4°C global warming. It has been designed to inform industry and policy makers on climate change adaption and mitigation policy. In addition, HELIXscope will also be a valuable tool for educational purposes in universities and schools.
HELIXscope is unique in that it allows the user to assess climate change impacts at different degrees of global warming rather than making general predictions of impacts in the future. International climate policy is now largely focussed on limiting global warming to specific levels of mean temperature such as 2°C or 1.5°C. These goals need to be reflected in policy–relevant assessments about climate impacts. The user will for example be able to compare the impacts at 1.5°C global warming and 2°C global warming to see the beneficial effects of a more ambitious mitigation strategy under the Paris Agreement.