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How much will temperatures rise in 30, 40, or 50 years? How could changing weather affect rainfed crops in the Horn of Africa, or winter flooding and summer droughts in Uzbekistan? And what should countries do to prepare for more intense droughts and storms?

These are the kinds of questions the World Bank hopes to answer with its latest initiative to expand access to climate data and spark innovation in the fight against climate change.

The latest additions to the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative are accessible from a new Climate Change page ( that provides links to a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal, Climate Change data topic page, the Open Data for Resilience Initiative, the Apps for Climate competition, and other Open Data resources such as World Development Indicators data and data catalog.

A new Climate Change Knowledge Portal, launched today, includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100. It links users to more than 250 climate indicators, and risk profiles for 31 countries where climate open data websites may launch in the next year.

In addition, Apps for Climate will kick off in December at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. Modeled after the Bank’s 2010 Apps for Development challenge, the competition will encourage scientists, software developers, and others to create applications that use the wealth of climate data being made available to help solve the development problems that climate change poses.

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