Five-Year Average Global Temperature Anomalies from 1880 to 2010

This color-coded map displays a progression of changing five-year average global surface temperatures anomalies from 1880 through 2010. The final frame represents global temperature anomalies averaged from 2006 to 2010. The temperature anomalies are computed relative to the base period 1951-1980.

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Robert B. Schmunk
J Hansen
R Ruedy
Mki Sato
K Lo
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Viewing these annual 5-year average temperature anomalies will encourage students to ask why this is happening to global mean temperatures.

Students likely need to be instructed and coached on how to interpret these maps even though it is rather straightforward.

Information on how the raw data was processed to derive the map is given here: