IEA’s expertise is behind Show Your Stripes climate data visualisation website

Posted June 21st 2019

By Sally Stevens, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Institute for Environmental Analytics

 

Data analysts and software developers at the Institute for Environmental Analytics have been working with Climate Science Professor Ed Hawkins to enable people around the world to download his striking climate stripes for their location.

ShowYourStripes.info has been launched today – June 21st, summer solstice – as part of an international campaign to highlight the importance of climate science. The pattern of blue and red stripes shows how average temperatures have risen based on climate data from the mid-19th century in their country or US state.

Prof Hawkins, from University of Reading’s Meteorology department, said: “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.”

Jon Blower, CTO at the IEA, said: “It’s been a great pleasure to work with Ed Hawkins on delivering the ShowYourStripes website. It’s amazing to see how quickly it’s been picked up by people all over the world and we hope this helps to start all kinds of conversations about climate change.”

ShowYourStripes.info has captured people’s attention with #ShowYourStripes trending on Twitter as people share the data visualisations for their region on social media.

Showing complex data and analysis in meaningful ways is one of the IEA’s areas of expertise, operating across sectors including energy, infrastructure and agriculture around the world.

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Annual average temperatures for England from 1884-2018 using data from UK Met Office. Climate data visualised as a series of blue and red stripes of various shades, gradually moving from predominantly blue on the left, representing colder temperatures, to predominantly red on the right, showing higher average temperatures.