According to Australian National University, a new climate tool can visualize data which reveals that by the year 2050, Australians will no longer experience winters as they know them today. Instead, they will experience a new season that researchers are calling “New Summer.”
During New Summer, temperatures will consistently peak above 40 degrees Celsius for a long period of time. Australians can use the new climate tool to click on locations across the country and see how the weather in their home town will change by 2050.
"We looked at the historical average temperatures of each season and compared them to the projected data and what we find everywhere is that there's really no period of a sustained or lasting winter," said Dr Geoff Hinchliffe, Senior Lecturer. "In 30 years' time winter as we know it will be non-existent. It ceases to be everywhere apart from a few places in Tasmania," he said.
The tool uses data from the Bureau of Meteorology and Scientific Information for Land Owners to show how many degrees the average temperature will rise in each place.
"As well as the data, we also focused on developing the most effective visual forms for conveying how climate change is going to affect specific locations," said Dr Hinchliffe.
"That meant using color, shape and size around a dial composition showing a whole year's worth of temperature values in a single snapshot. It makes it visually rich and interesting and gives a lot of detail in a way that connects emotionally with people by locating it in their own town," he said.
"We concentrate on visualization and storytelling. We don't want to misrepresent the data or suggest things that aren't true so the visualization was instrumental in conveying the data in a way that can be interrogated. It's like a graph, but more poetic," said Associate Professor Mitchell Whitelaw.
"The research and innovation here is in the visualization and compilation of all this data. Our innovation is in the way this existing data is communicated and presented - hopefully in a memorable, engaging way," he said.