Registered users can set a number of options that will be active every time they sign in.
Once you are signed in, you can access your user preferences by clicking on your email address in the top right corner of any page (see "2.2 Home Page", Figure 1, note 2). This opens the page shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 User Preferences
Select default display units:
By default, data are displayed using the Metric system (e.g. °C). You can choose to use US Customary/ Imperial units (e.g. °F) if you wish.
The projections data available in Climate Futures are calculated as the difference between an historic baseline climate and the projected future climate. You can choose from multiple base periods.
- To produce projections from the older CMIP3 models (i.e. those used for the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007), you should use the 1980-1999 base period.
- For CMIP5 model results (i.e. those used for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report), use the 1986-2005 base period.
You can set your preferred method for calculation of model consensus values. This affects the model numbers shown in the climate futures matrix as well as the colour shadings applied.
- GCM Only: Climate Futures will only use the number of Global Climate Model (GCM) results falling within each cell of the matrix to calculate the colour shadings to use. Any Regional Climate Model (RCM) results, such as CSIRO’s CCAM model, will not affect the colour shading. Separate counts of GCM and RCM models will be shown where relevant.
- Total Models: The total of GCMs and RCMs will be shown in the model counts and will be used to determine the colour shadings.