I started by exploring current climate change issues and open datasets I could pull from. I came across several stories about melting ice caps in the Italian alps.
Collecting research in figma
This eventually led me to glaciers, which have been changing size at alarming rates. I started out by sketching in Processing, using GPS coordinates and glacial masses from WGMS’s Fluctuations of Glaciers Databases . The simple sketch shows the world’s glaciers in their relative positions, their color fades from white to black in accordance with their mass. As years pass, the glaciers fade.
Next, I looked at the Benchmark Glaciers from a USGS dataset. The Benchmark Glaciers are four North American glaciers which have been chosen for longterm monitoring. Using the dataset I was able to make representations in Processing of 3D boxes based on the glaciers’ area and elevation over the years.
Next, Scott encouraged me to commit to design explorations that were non-graphic. He encouraged me to do one exploration off of the computer and one exploration with sound. The first exploration was a timelapse of a large ice cube melting. One neat observation from this study was the realization that large ice cubes melt from their interiors.
A dangerously unscientific study on glaciers and sea level
Next, I learned how to map the glacier data points onto a 3D globe using Three.js. When I find the time, I would like to turn the website into an interactive database style website. Visitors would be able to look through all of the world’s glaciers on the globe interface and explore data related to their health and sizes.
Mapping every glacier in the world