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Visualise This: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral

Fresh from attending (with my daughter Emiko) a course held in London and organised as part of The Guardian newspaper’s Masterclass series, I am particularly sensitive to good examples of data visualisation at the minute.

Here is a great one: a chart put together by Andy Lee Robinson that has gone viral on the web (click for larger image).

Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral jpeg

This is Andy Lee Robinson on the background to the chart:

I became interested in climate science and fascinated by the shocking decline of Arctic sea ice – the most sensitive canary in the coalmine indicator of the effect that CO2 is having on our home.

I followed the science, researched the data and used my experience and intuition to create the iconic Arctic Death Spiral.

It went viral, and I estimate it’s had about a million views so far.

It sums up very succinctly, artistically and vividly what is happening, and anyone that isn’t as shocked by it as me, really doesn’t (or doesn’t want to), understand the implications.

I came upon this chart via a Skeptical Science post, which also features other work by Andy. Such as this animation.

And this graphic showing the change in Arctic sea ice minimum volume placed on a grid of New York City (click for larger image).

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volume jpeg

Not much more to say—apart perhaps for repeating Andy’s words:

anyone that isn’t as shocked by it as me, really doesn’t (or doesn’t want to), understand the implications