How our climate changed in 2017 - a tangible visualisation

Saturday 31 March 2018

 In 2017, Canberra's monthly max temperatures exceeded the long-term average for every month except April, whilst Brisbane's monthly max temperatures exceeded the long-term average for eight months of the year.

ANU Climate coasters Canberra and Brisbane

ANU designers and researchers, Mitchell Whitelaw and Geoff Hinchcliffe have designed these fantastic coasters, a tangible visualisation of how Canberra and Brisbane temperature exceeded long-term average maximum temperatures for much of 2017.   

The shaded areas show where 2017 temperatures exceeded long term average maximum temps. 

The coaster on the left shows Canberra temperatures and the coaster on the right shows Brisbane temperatures.    

The outer circle shows long-term monthly average maximum temperatures with the outer rim showing 2017 monthly maximum temperatures.   The inner circle shows long-term daily average maximum temperatures, with the spiky line showing 2017 daily maximum averages.   

In 2017, Canberra's monthly max temperatures exceeded the long-term average for every month except April, whilst Brisbane's monthly max temperatures exceeded the long-term average for eight months of the year.  All data was sourced from the Bureau of Metereology with the long term averages based on the years 1961-1990.

The ANU Climate Change Institute gave out coasters at the ANU Climate Update in Canberra and the Climate Update in Brisbane.    If you'd like one sitting on your desk or coffee table, you can order them on a one-off basis via https://www.ponoko.com/design-your-own/products/cci-climate-coaster-cbr-... .  You'll need to download the coaster file from Ponoko, set up an account and then upload the file to your account.   A single coaster costs US$25.97 (including shipping from NZ).  

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