Later this year, the fifteenth Conference of the Parties (“COP15″) will be meeting in Copenhagen to discuss climate change. In preparation for that, Google has released a series of layers and tours to help explain the various challenges facing our planet.
They’re using data from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) to generate the visuals. You can view some of the data on their new COP15 site, and they’ve launched a YouTube channel to go with it. They’ll be using the YouTube channel to showcase climate tours, with new topics every few weeks. The first one is an introductory piece titled “Confronting Climate Change“, and is narrated by Al Gore.
In addition, they’re asking you to submit your own thoughts and questions on climate change to their channel, and some of these videos will be broadcast on screens around the conference in December. The top rated video submissions will win a trip to Copenhagen, so submit your videos and see if you can win the prize.