Visualising climate change in the midst of a maelstrom

The intensity of the Atlantic hurricane season and the severity of recent flooding on the Indian subcontinent have raised fresh concerns about the volatility of a changing global climate.

Still, sceptics resist partly due to the challenge in climate science of visualising the data in such a way that it is irrefutable to the observer.

An initiative called the Climate Lab Book is developing new ideas in science communication. An open blog, written by scientists, has developed a crowd sourced idea on presenting temperature data. The animated spiral diagram, recently updated with 2017 data, makes for a very engaging and confronting lesson in climate data.

Read more: ABC / The Washington Post / Independent / Climate Lab Book

Image: Public Domain NASA

This story is taken from the 8 September 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.