The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Extra Dimensions

This is a very creative way to display what many of us wish everybody knew.



Stolen from Lou Grinzo who stole it from CarbonTracker.

4 comments:

Gareth said...

Very cool. Might have to steal that myself... ;-)

You can see similar visualisations of recent CO2 and CH4 levels v latitude at the (relatively) new ESRL Globalview pages.

jg said...

I like this (and the ESRL one too). My compliments to the creators and those who know what to steal. May I share? I've been dabbling with something similar: Vostok Viewer.
Mine is an amateur project, but interactive (Flash required). I built it to enhance my personal study of Milankovitch cyles. Not being an authority on the subject, I put more emphasis on the source of the data.

jg

adelady said...

I've used this a couple of times.

It's really good with 'doubters' who claim to be unconvinced by the science and who rattle on about natural processes. They watch this and then ask "Why does the line bounce up and down like that for the NH?"

So then you explain about land areas and seasonal vegetation effects - thereby showing to your own satisfaction that your own knowledge about "natural processes". You may or may not get further with the conversation.

John Mashey said...

This is a wonderful visualization.