Climate visualised using new technology

What are the causes of global warming? What are the possible future scenarios? And what courses of action are available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The climate issue can now be illustrated in a visualisation dome, and will be on display during Almedalen Week, one of Sweden's biggest political meeting events.

The journey takes us between our planet and other parts of the Milky Way. Gentle hovering in space coupled with fast zoom-ins give a sense of our place in the solar system, and of the changed foundation for life on earth for which mankind is largely responsible.

The new climate visualisation focuses on some areas of climate research and shows facts, as well as various scenarios for the future. One important aspect is indicating the effects of climate change and the solutions available to reduce emissions.

"Visualisation is a climate research tool that improves analysis and explanation of the complex data which forms the basis for analyses and predictions for our future climate," says Tina Neset, project manager at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research.

"This form of presentation and conveying information provides tools and inspiration for taking action and working for a better future development. We can target different groups of people, and those who come in here take part and interact with mentometers, for example," Tina Neset continues.

Various aspects of the climate issue will be illustrated in a new visualisation dome theatre, partly during Almedalen Week. Elin Löwendahl and Weine Josefsson of SMHI are the presenters

The climate presentation will be available during Almedalen Week at the end of June and beginning of July. The presentation takes place in a portable, inflatable dome with room for 20 or so visitors. The Norrköping Visualization Center will open next year and show climate presentations, for example, in a new, larger dome theatre.

The climate visualisation project is the result of a collaboration between the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Norrköping Visualization Center and a host of international players including Hamburg Planetarium and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. The Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research is a collaboration between SMHI and Linköping University.