Climates of the World

Koppen Geiger Climate Classification

Peel et al. (2007)

In general, climate is warmer closer to the Equator and cooler father from the Equator, but it's actually much more complex. A region's climate depends geography, too, which impacts the amount of precipitation, temperature, and wind patterns. This map shows how climate varies around the world according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system. The system divides climates into five major groups: tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar or alpine. There are many subdivisions as well.