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Plume plots

Plume plots show the possible change in a climate variable (such as temperature or precipitation) across the century and at a range of defined probability levels. They are helpful if you want to know when a particular threshold might be exceeded according to the projections.

The plume plots shows changes for a user-defined location and emissions scenario. Values are plotted for each of the seven UKCP09 30-year time periods and for each of the five probability levels.

Sea level projections plume plots display projected sea level change (both absolute and relative) at the 5%, 50% and 95% probability levels. The plots show the change in sea level (relative to 1990 levels), through the time period 1990-2100. For more information see Chapter 3 of the 'Marine & Coastal Projections' report.

You can produce plume plots using the UKCP09 User Interface , by using the CDF data.

They can be produced for the climate change projections, marine and coastal projections and for sea level projections and provide information for projected climate change, future climate or sea level rise for:

  • One climate variable (such as temperature or precipitation)
  • One location
  • All seven time periods
  • One temporal average
  • One emissions scenarios

Plume plots can exported from the User Interface as images in various file formats (.pdf, .ps, .png and .jpg). The underlying values can also be exported as .csv files that can be opened in a spreadsheet.

More information on plume plots

More information about how to use the plume plots can be found on the Plume plots in detail page. Information on how to interpret the plume plots can be found on the Interpreting plume plots page.

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