What the climate stripes showThe stripes represent climate data in more than 200 countries and US states. The colour of each strip represents the average temperature for that country or region for a single year from 1850 to 2017. This is another visualisation by Professor Ed Hawkins for global temperature, using the same data which produce the monthly spirals which he discussed in the previous Step. The blue stripes represent lower temperatures and red stripes hotter years.Data analysts and software developers at the IEA worked with Ed to produce the website ShowYourStripes.info, to allow the download of both global stripes and for some regions throughout the world and within a week of its launch in June 2019, over a million climate stripes had been downloaded.
“[The climate stripes] is made up of billions of individual pieces of data, collected at millions of different points over space and time, by thousands of committed scientists, many of whom are long dead. Yet the story it tells is one that our generation is the first in human history to be able to interpret and understand.”– Professor Ed Hawkins
Why are they so popular?
“We’re asking everyone to show their stripes and raise awareness of the damaging impacts of climate change and support climate scientists worldwide who are helping to fight it.It is vitally important that the world wakes up to the dangers of allowing global temperatures to rise unchecked. We have already seen global warming presenting risks to health and society as we know it, and this is only going to get worse unless we take action now.We hope that letting people see how temperatures have risen where they live and share this with others will bring home how climate change is an issue for us all, no matter where in the world we are.”– Professor Ed Hawkins
TaskIf you didn’t get a chance to take part in our pre-course activity you can try it here.Visit ShowYourStripes.info and download the climate stripes for your country or region. What trends do the climate stripes show? Share your climate stripes with us on Twitter and tag @env_analytics @UniRdg_OOCs. Don’t forget to use #ShowYourStripes.
Big Data and the Environment
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