Environmental interactives and charts

A noncomprehensive list! Just a selection I’ve come across recently.

Weather 2050: a tool developed by Vox.com to predict how your city’s temperature and precipitation could change by the year 2050. They are using Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5, which is a climate prediction scenario that assumes we will continue using energy at the same rate and in the same forms.

For contrast, Crowther Lab’s Cities of the Future interactive uses RCP 4.5, a more optimistic scenario in which effective environmental policies curb carbon dioxide emissions and slow the rising temperature–the best case scenario, in which existing emissions already have a harmful impact (some chemicals have a long residence in the atmosphere) but the results aren’t as drastic.

Climate Central: Coastal Risk Screening Tool. This is a very flexible visualization of potential sea level rise that lets you adjust sliders for year as well as pollution scenario and “luck,” which I think is an interesting choice, since a lot of IPCC climate predictions are phrased in terms of likelihood.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also has a Sea Level Rise Viewer, a little less slick but a lot more detailed.

From Google Arts & Culture, a site that explores a few different cultural sites and how they are impacted by climate change.
Heritage on the Edge: How people around the world are protecting their cultural sites against climate change

The Carbon Footprint of the Food Supply Chain, a visualization of not just the carbon emissions of various food substances but a breakdown of the different types of carbon emissions, which have different impacts.

Updated 3/30 to add:

The Thwaites Explorer, an interactive tool designed by the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, offers visuals and explanations of some of the things happening at Thwaites Glacier, a fast-flowing and fast-melting glacier the size of Florida in western Antarctica.

Also, my atmospheric science classmates enjoyed this little interactive game developed by Bluecadet for the Rosenbach museum’s exhibition about Frankenstein, Dracula, and modern science.


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