Another Brilliant, Viral Climate Animation

August 1, 2017

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23 Responses to “Another Brilliant, Viral Climate Animation”

  1. tildeb Says:

    Wow. Very powerful visual presentation.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Double WOW on that. This is one of the best I have ever seen and provides a lot of food for thought—-particularly about what it’s going to look like when the years of the next decade are added—-what has happened over the time since 2000 is stunning—-projecting it onward is downright scary.

      Reminds me of Andy Lee’s work and the Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral video, which are scary also.

  2. vierotchka Says:

    WOW! Amazing and excellent. Does it exist in a larger format so that one can read the names of the countries?

    • vierotchka Says:

      Okay, I found one here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150411108@N06/35471910724/

      I increased the size with my computer so I was able to read all the countries’ names.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Uh, Vera? See that little slanty arrow thingy towards the right of the tool bar at the bottom of the animation? Click on that and it makes things bigger.

      • vierotchka Says:

        Due to macular degeneration, I don’t always spot small things.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Come on, Vera—-even if the macular degeneration is not fake news designed to gain sympathy (apologies and sympathy if it really is true), the “little slanty arrow thingy” is actually quite large and bold More significantly, it’s a part of the tool bar on most if not all video clips and graphics (or it’s a small box with arrows instead) and is usually located to the far right on the bar. You want us to believe that you don’t know that?

          I was merely trying to help you and perhaps others with that comment—-your knee jerk reaction to anything I say to you has once again made you look foolish (just as your giving my comments thumbs down does).

      • Kiwiiano Says:

        Alas dumb old guy, that only produces empty magnification, vierotchka’s link gives the real clarity.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Alas, Kiwiano, Vera’s link is to the EXACT same graphic, except that the one in Vera’s link is smaller than the one Peter posted here and therefore harder to read. How in the world does that produce “real clarity” when compared to Peter’s? WTH are you talking about?

        • Lionel Smith Says:

          Alas dumb old guy…

          Well I have just posted it up to Facebook and the full screen behaviour is such that after a few seconds the image becomes crisper and readable.

          I have just tried it again and this time it was sharp and readable from the get go, so it could be down to how good your net connection is.

          But then I am another dumb old guy. 😉

  3. grindupbaker Says:

    That’s a keeper. Looks like Canada came in 2nd. Maybe U.S. of America could get rid of this “Uzbekistan” place for us. Our weather people went poetic today and described our weather as like the Star Wars planet Tatooine.


  4. Very nice, this graph will speak to more people. Confused though about whether the sea temperatures are included. Are they and how? The average for the last years looks approximate to land and ocean….

  5. dumboldguy Says:

    Message didn’t come through? Or got delayed? Sea temps are included according to the legend on the graphic. Google this.

    https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/marineocean-data/extended-reconstructed-sea-surface-temperature-ersst-v4

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Sorry for the redundancy—thought WordPress was in “disappear message” mode—-should have been more patient. Did notice that I should have said that ERSST was the sea EQUIVALENT of the GISS land data.


      • Nope. Still a little confused. Many of these countries in the map are landlocked.

        How are sea surface temperatures appropriated to coastal countries, or any country?

        Do we have a land temperature for a landlocked country and a land temperature for a country next to it on a graph, plus a sea surface average from a calved up section of ocean on a map? Or is the ocean average spread?

        Or maybe it’s not important. Just curious.

        I still like the graph, I think it’s very effective.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Yes, but IMO the graph is way more than very “effective”—-in the language of mathematicians, it’s “elegant”. I’m a big fan of Edward Tufte and the visual representation of data, and I LOVE this graphic.

          I’m not as expert on the NASA GISS data as those who try to show Tom Bates the error of his ways—-they can correct me if I’m wrong on any of this. I am far more interested in what trends the data shows than how it was derived, but you have to remember that the data is “smoothed. adjusted, and averaged”. Each ERSST temperature point represents the average for a 2 degree square on the surface of the ocean—almost 110 miles on a side (and remember the ocean covers 70% of the planet). So it overlaps with the land data, just as the GISS land data overlaps with the water—-it might be nice if all coastlines were straight lines but that isn’t so.

          You have to remember that the atmosphere and the oceans are continuous and are constantly “trading energy” and “moving heat” around the planet. Countries are arbitrary boundaries, and maybe it would be easier to just look at trends by continents. Also not sure how the countries were ordered within each segment—perhaps for “artistic” effect?. And adding Greenland and Antarctica would be instructive, as would making the width of each country’s “line” proportional to its area (or population, or GDP, or GHG emissions).

          Just take it for what it is and enjoy it if you can, since the central message is that we are approaching the 1.5 degree mark at an ever accelerating rate (and not doing much about it).

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Good find—-shows the same warming trend in a different way, complements the arctic sea ice decline graphics, and again shows that what has happened so far in the 21st. century is getting very scary. Question—-why does it keep running?


  6. Aesthetically I like it a lot.
    From a pure data presentation perspective, I can make no sense of it.

    Making data circular only makes sense if the abscissa is cyclic. For the temperature spiral it makes sense because you are aligning the months of the year, but one year leads into the next.

    But there is no sense in which there is a sequential progression from Africa to Asia to Europe to America. If you ordered the countries, or at least the continents by longitude is might make a bit more sense, but the hemispheric differences would be an issue.

    So at the moment I think what is good about it is that it is an unfamiliar (rather than an objectively useful) way of presenting the data.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      See my comment to Damian. You’ve got a point, and I agree that it would be nice to see the date arranged differently. Remember that it’s a simple compilation of yearly averages by country, and the only way to try to make a lot of sense of it the way you want to is to pause and rerun it many times, focusing on particular regions or countries. I’ve done that some, and there are things to be seen. But remember that the graphic really presents only one piece of data—-yearly temperature anomalies by country over a century(+) in time—-relating the widths of the lines to other factors as I suggested would be interesting.

      Actually, I view it more as a piece of art made using scientific data, a kind of “silent song”, rather than as a “pure data presentation”, and at that it excels.


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