Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Deep Heat

This color-coded map shows a progression of changing global surface temperatures from 1885 to 2007. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average. Holy Shit.

Still, interesting to see how it changes so much during these 122 years. And why is it so hot up there above Alaska in 1885? Anyway, even if these visuals don't tell all the story, they certainly give a general overview, and it's crazy isn't it. Too crazy for us to compute? And it's almost boring hearing about sea level rise - madness, I know, but that's true, isn't it?

On another more positive note, what a great use of info graphics and what an amazing resource this Global Climate Change website is. NASA is bound to have a pretty cool website, obviously, but I've not thought to check it out. I mean, you can find out the latest width of the ozone hole: 10.4 million square miles apparently. Extraordinary. And the sounds they use on the site are interesting: scientific, clean, but a little bit scary. Like the visuals themselves. Check out similarly fantastic visual indicators of CO2 emissions, Sea Level and Sea Ice here.

(Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization) Maybe all that money for NASA wasn't completely wasted then.

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