A new climate tool predicts that by 2050 Australians will no longer enjoy winter as they know it today and will experience a new season that could be called “New Summer”. The forecast is attributed to scientists from the School of Art & Design and the Climate Change Institute of the ANU (Australian National University), jointly collaborating in a design project, which takes the existing data and communicates the impacts of climate change so that the public can participate and understand them better.
The new summer represents a period of the year in which temperatures will reach a constant peak in many cases above 40ºC during a sustained period. With the climate tool, people can click on thousands of locations in Australia to see how the local climate will change in their hometown by 2050.
The climate tool, which uses data from the BoM (Bureau of Meteorology) and SILO (Scientific Information for Land Owners), shows how many degrees the average temperature will rise at each location and how many days there will be more than 30 or 40 degrees at a given location in 2050 compared to today.
“We look at the average historical temperatures of each season and compare them with the projected data and what we find everywhere is that there really is not a period of a sustained or lasting winter,” said Professor Geoff Hinchliffe of the School of Art & Design.
«In 30 years, winter, as we know it, will be non-existent. It ceases to exist everywhere, except for a few places in Tasmania, “he said in a statement.
The climate tool, which uses data from the BoM (Bureau of Meteorology) and SILO (Scientific Information for Land Owners), shows how many degrees the average temperature will rise at each location and how many days there will be more than 30 or 40 degrees at a given location in 2050 compared to today
“In addition to the data, we also focus on developing the most effective visual ways to convey how climate change will impact specific locations,” says Hinchliffe.
“That meant using color, shape and size around a quadrant composition that shows the temperature values of a whole year in a single snapshot. It makes it visually rich and interesting and gives many details in a way that connects emotionally with people by locating it in their own city, “he says.
“We focus on visualization and storytelling. We do not want to misrepresent the data or suggest things that are not true, so the visualization was essential to convey the data in a way that can be questioned. It’s like a graphic, but more poetic, “says Associate Professor Mitchell Whitelaw.
«Research and innovation here are in the visualization and compilation of all this data. Our innovation lies in the way in which these existing data are communicated and presented, hopefully in a memorable and attractive way, “he adds.