Explore 200 Years Of Climate Change In The Nordics

The Danish Meteorological Institute updates their historical collection of climate data every year. And it's available to download free online. Here are some of the highlights.

Illustrations: Catherine Jex

Date Completed: 2018

The Brief: Distil 9 graphs into a single graphic for popular dissemination of climate in the Nordics. Display 3 types of historical data, and link to original data sources.

Key Features: Data . Affinity Designer . Tumult Hype Pro . Github

Client: Forskerzonen . ScienceNordic

Media Type: Online news . Magazine

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This graphic accompanied a popular science article written by meteorologist John Cappelen from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) for ScienceNordic and Forskerzonen.

The graphic is available in Danish and English. Both are hosted on GitHub and can be inserted into an article online by use of a simple HTML code.

Try it yourself:

Explore Nordic climate data in our interactive graphic above. Problems viewing the graphic? Click here to view in a new browser window. (Graphic: ScienceNordic and ForskerZonen)


In the article, John writes that DMI maintains records of the Danish weather dating back to even before the foundation of the Institute in 1872. They also monitor weather across Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Every year, DMI publishes historic climate data for these Nordic countries, which are freely available to download from the DMI website. John’s article gives a glimpse into the entire climate data series, and he invites readers to explore the data themselves in the interactive graphic that accompanied his article.

When John first wrote a draft of the article for Forskerzonen and ScienceNordic, he wanted to present a number of graphs illustrating how temperature, precipitation, sunshine hours, and storm activity have changed in the Nordics since record keeping began. The challenge was to do this in a format that was both easy to understand for a non-expert audience and didn’t take up too much room in the article itself.

The solution was the interactive graphic above. It presents a main menu screen, from which the reader is invited to see how climate has changed by clicking on one of the four buttons. These take them to another screen, where they can view a collection of graphs for each parameter (temperature, precipitation, sunshine hours, and storm activity).

The data were provided by John, downloaded from the DMI website. Graphs were plotted in Excel, and exported to Affinity Designer for further development. The slides were assembled and animated in Tumult Hype Pro. It is designed to be read on all screen sizes and devices, using a profile orientation and proportions to fit an iPhone 5 and up.



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