CAIT is a suite of online data and visualizations tools that support the many dimensions of climate policy making. It provides free, open, user-friendly access to world-class climate data from a desktop, tablet or mobile device — enabling analysis whenever you need it.
The CAIT tool consists of a central data explorer and a number of analytical and visualization modules, such as the CAIT Equity Explorer and the CAIT Pledges Map. These modules take advantage of the depth and breadth of the CAIT database and additional functions for other audiences, like businesses are planned in the future. Through its powerful yet easy-to-use online interface, the core CAIT data explorer is designed to help users from government, business, academia, civil society, and the media efficiently compare, explore, understand, and communicate climate data. The web site includes data for 186 countries as well as all 50 U.S. states, providing accessible, transparent, high-quality information to support the many dimensions of climate change policy making.
The international data collection covers more than 160 years, offering carbon dioxide emissions data from 1850-2011, energy carbon dioxide emissions data from 1971-2011 and a full multi-sector greenhouse gas emission inventory from 1990-2011.
Building off the CAIT data set, WRI has developed a number of data visualization tools that help to present complex concepts in clear ways.The CAIT Equity Explorer allows users to visualize the various aspects of climate equity and see at a glance which countries tend to rank higher or lower across an array of indicators.
In addition, the CAIT Paris Contributions Map enables users to visualize and assess countries’ proposed post-2020 climate pledges (known as INDCs) shortly after they are submitted to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and to create visualizations based on the data and evaluate the level of transparency in each country’ INDC.