It can be hard to visualize just how much climate change has impacted Earth’s seasons. To help, NASA released a new illustration that drives home the dramatic shift that has taken place over a few short decades. So, when you are sitting around the table with your climate change-denying relatives this week, just show them this.
Touted as the most complete view of biology on Earth to date, the visualization takes data from satellites since 1997 to create a comprehensive view of the changing planet. Most obvious is the way the seasons have shifted: spring arrives earlier as time progresses, and fall stays later. You can also see algal blooms grow and shrink, and the snow and glaciers gradually recede with each year.
“These are incredibly evocative visualizations of our living planet,” said Gene Carl Feldman, an oceanographer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “That’s the Earth, that is it breathing every single day, changing with the seasons, responding to the Sun, to the changing winds, ocean currents and temperatures.”
Via The Guardian