Visualizing climate change information

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Cities most vulnerable to climate change

I have a continuing interest in finding ways to explain complex data in an understandable way. I have just come across a really interesting page written by Orana Velarde and published on the Visme website that shows how this can be done for climate change data.

The page is called The Best Data Viz and Infographics on Climate Change Facts and displays a series of visualizations of basic climate change information.

Orana has extracted a series of the most useful displays of climate change information from a variety of sources.

These include (all best seen by visiting the site) :

Climate Risks 1.5 vs 2.0 degrees increase

This infographic – taken from the WWF site – shows the difference that a rise of 2.0ºC has over a rise of 1.5ºC. For example, three times as many people would be exposed to extreme heatwaves, and there would be a 170% increase in flood risk if the rise is 2.0ºC.

Shrinkage of Arctic ice

This gif – taken from the National Snow and Ice Data Center – shows how the ice in the Arctic cap has diminished in the last 20 years.

Rise in temperature anomalies

This ‘bubbling visualization’ by Antti Lipponen of the Finnish Meteorological Institute – using data taken from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is a really clear way of showing how there has been an decrease/increase in temperature above normal in 191 locations around the world

Climate change and food

This map – taken from a Bloomberg article – shows the expected changes in wheat yield in different countries up to 2050 as result of global warming.

African cities and climate change

This graphic – taken form a study by Verisk Maplecroft – and pictured at the top of this blog, shows that cities in Africa are those most at risk from climate change.

Global temperature changes 1850 to 2017

This spiral chart produced by Ed Hawkins, Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading shows the rise in global temperature 1850-2017 and how it is rapidly approaching the ‘limits’ of 1.5ºC and 2.0º C increase. Ed Hawkins also shows this data as a series of coloured stripes. A very effective visualisation that does not need any numbers to get the same message across.

Carbon dioxide emissions vs vulnerability to climate change nation by nation

This chart has been produced by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health using data from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.

There are several other useful graphic on the site including:

  • A l list of the top 10 donors and the top 20 recipients of funds dealing with climate change
  • Carbon dioxide emissions from 39 countries between 1992 and 2012
  • Sea level anomalies in Coastal USA

All in all, this is a very useful collection by Orana. Complements to her and also to the individuals and organizations producing the originals.

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