Alberta Climate Records is a 61-year look at temperature and precipitation trends across the province of Alberta. The project features a series of information visualizations based on data and climate trend analysis from Dr. Stefan W. Kienzle, Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. The latest dataset is made up of over 18 million observed climate records between 1950 and 2010 for 6,834 locations across Alberta. In a conversation that is typically rooted in future consequences, the data visualizations reveal drastic changes that are already taking place in our province.
The current version of the website is a big update from the beta site, increasing the included data from 6 key climate indices to 45. The update also incorporated several important design and technical improvements that significantly increased the speed of the site and the data readability.
Prior to developing Alberta Climate Records website (above), the temperature dataset from Dr. Stefan Kienzle was the basis for my Master's Thesis research project. The infovis series created a narrative around the data, which reveals changing temperature trends over 60 years, to answer the questions: what is our current understanding of the natural landscape of the region? How does 60 years fit into the anthropogenic history in the region? And what are the effects of this change?