University of Maine, Climate Change Institute, Climate Reanalyzer

I like your Climate Reanalyzer plots and downloads. I see codes in the sheets for the models, but I am not that familiar with all the abbreviations and acronyms. And it is not clear to me how 5 billion people using the Internet now can view, let alone interact with the models in meaningful ways. I was a little surprised at the consistency in temperature rise between the models. I tried to extract data from the models to look at long term statistics on the results. But many are in formats that are not easily accessible. I feel it is not a good idea to recommend any format that only a few hundred thousand might use, especially then groups have no incentive to make improvements for the other 8 Billion people.

Do you have a way to make the model data accessible to all the universities, high schools and online learning groups? I would include some of the middle schools. The level of global skills is high, especially when allowing that the tools need to be self documented and now AI assisted.

Your might not know quite what I am saying. Jul 2023 was the 25th Anniversary of the Internet Foundation. I mainly have looked at barriers to addressing global and systemic issues efficiently, and including all people, not just a few. I did work on global climate change in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After I set up the Famine Early Warning System for USAID and the US State Department, I worked for Phillips Petroleum in their Business Intelligence. I worked on hydrogen economy, clean air, alternative fuels, fusion, and global climate change. I was recommending linked global climate, economic and financial models because I set up the central Economic and Social Database at USAID as one integrated dataset, not many eclectic ones. Long range models then were usually 50 years – integrated for all countries, all sectors, all parts of human existence. But now I am starting to see the need for 250 years or more sometimes, especially with “solar system colonization”.

Do you know which climate models are going out 200 years? More? It might be out there somewhere, but I would rather have your opinion than someone words on a website. I was looking at spectral models today. But could not find anyone doing it seriously. That (statistics from the long term model runs), I could do, if I can get to the results. Even if I do not have an exascale computer under my desk yet. LOL! (someone offered me a supercomputer the other day. If I need one of those and the rest of the world cannot access it too, that is not a path to recommend.

I think I see a strong bias in your goals and objectives of the Climate Change Institute. That is NOT a criticism. One does not accomplish anything without passion, goals, persistence and courage. But since I am not that familiar, it takes me a while to read the background of a group and trace out its roots, dependencies and attachments.

Thank you for your nice work. Those maps, charts and data are crisp and nice. Please so put FULL titles on all your pages. The one at for instance should say ” Monthly Reanalysis Correlation Maps at Climate Reanalyzer” not just Climate Reanalyzer” Bookmarking is a pain when sites have all the page titles identical. The search engines do still give preference for words in titles.

Richard Collins, The Internet Foundation

Improving the Forecasts of Surface Latent Heat Fluxes and Surface Air Temperature in the GRAPES Global Forecast System

Xing Yuan,

I just wanted to say hello. I was reading the paper you wrote with Miaoling Liang and Wenyan Wang. I found the paper but was looking on ResearchGate because is it easier to make connections sometimes.

I found that Miaoling Liang has a page on ResearchGate at but no account yet. Perhaps you might mention it.

I liked the way you emphasized latent heat at the surface, but I also found a few people looking at storms piercing the stratosphere too.  To some extent it is also important on the sun.  I might be useful to extend the idea of latent heat to those temperatures to include ionization reactions.

Richard Collins, The Internet Foundation

At The chart and map are truly beautiful, but could you put a clicker at either end of the sliders so it steps by single years? My eyes are getting too tired to see and no way to make tiny clicks. An animate button?

Did you ever try a Voronoi map? Or some compact way to enter centroids of spots of various sizes, instead of lots of pixels and voxels. I was an animation the other day where they used variable diameter tubes to 3D animate animals and any shape. That was a few numbers per object, but they volume filled very fast, and far less than pixels and voxels that have no intrinsic shape or gravity.

Contours are nice, but volumes and parcels with shapes are better.

UVic Visual Computing Group: VIPER Volume Invariant Position-based Elastic Rods at

Richard K Collins

About: Richard K Collins

Director, The Internet Foundation Studying formation and optimized collaboration of global communities. Applying the Internet to solve global problems and build sustainable communities. Internet policies, standards and best practices.

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