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Improving scientific graphics of climate (change) data

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Creating visuals of data is a critical part of our jobs as scientists. We use figures for journal publications, presentations, posters, and science communication. This week we'll discuss a framework for making better figures, particularly in the climate sciences. I will also give examples of what not to do, and how we can improve these figures moving forward. e

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Improving scientific graphics of climate (change) data

  1. 1. Improving scientific graphics of climate (change) data https://github.com/zmlabe/ClimatePython PALETTABLE CUBEHELIX
  2. 2. WarmerColder NOW Start of satellite-era
  3. 3. WarmerColder NOW Start of satellite-era
  4. 4. Polar Amplification: acceleration of warming in high latitudes relative to the rest of the globe
  5. 5. DANISHMETEOROLOGICALINSTITUTE
  6. 6. @ZLabe
  7. 7. 1. https://betterfigures.org/ 2. https://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/ 3. http://colorbrewer2.org/ RESOURCES
  8. 8. LABEETAL.2017,CLIMATEDYNAMICS
  9. 9. LINE GRAPHSTemperatureAnomaly(°C)
  10. 10. :)
  11. 11. MAP PLOTS
  12. 12. YIKES – COLOR!
  13. 13. YIKES – THE FONT!
  14. 14. YIKES – SOFTEN COASTLINES!
  15. 15. YIKES – FIRE IN THE ARCTIC!
  16. 16. OKAY – MINOR DETAILS
  17. 17. :)
  18. 18. MAP PLOTS
  19. 19. YIKES!
  20. 20. YIKES – FONT IS BLEH!
  21. 21. YIKES – COLOR!
  22. 22. YIKES – MAP PROJECTION!
  23. 23. :)
  24. 24. HAVE FUN
  25. 25. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-CT) - Time to Wake Up: Climate Progress Speech (3/21/2018)
  26. 26. https://sites.uci.edu/zlabe/arctic-sea-ice-figures/
  27. 27. Adjusting axes (spines)
  28. 28. Changing font styles
  29. 29. #endrainbow Check out: https://betterfigures.org/2018/06/04/playing-hunt-the-discontinuity/
  30. 30. EGU 2018 Conference https://betterfigures.org/
  31. 31. #endrainbow
  32. 32. #endrainbow
  33. 33. #endrainbow Not all color-blind vision is the same!
  34. 34. SCHNEIDERANDNOCKE,2017
  35. 35. SCHNEIDERANDNOCKE,2017
  36. 36. SCHNEIDERANDNOCKE,2017
  37. 37. SCHNEIDERANDNOCKE,2017
  38. 38. SEQUENTIAL
  39. 39. QUALITATIVE
  40. 40. DIVERGING
  41. 41. Adapted from Ed Hawkins at betterfigures.org
  42. 42. NCL TABLE
  43. 43. NCL Color Table
  44. 44. OTHER OPTIONS THYNG ET AL. 2016; OCEANOGRAPHY
  45. 45. CMOCEAN
  46. 46. 1. Seaborn. 2. Plotly. 3. ggplot. 4. Matplotlib v3. ALTERNATIVES
  47. 47. ACCESSIBILITY
  48. 48. ACCESSIBILITY
  49. 49. ACCESSIBILITY
  50. 50. https://www.climate-lab-book.ac.uk/visualisation-resources/
  51. 51. VISUALIZING GLOBAL TEMPERATURE CHANGE
  52. 52. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  53. 53. 2016 RIO OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY
  54. 54. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  55. 55. https://showyourstripes.info/ PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  56. 56. CALIFORNIA
  57. 57. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  58. 58. PLOT BY NEIL KAYE
  59. 59. PLOT BY NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY JOSHUA STEVENS
  60. 60. CHECK Simple is best. Color has meaning. Data is visual. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS

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