7 Amazing Visualizations We Would Like to See for Sustainability Science

So, what are we supposed to do with all these loads of information and data available nowadays? As The Economist reported a couple of months ago, the world is practically drowning in data from sensors, computers, research labs, cameras, phones etc. One way to approach this issue,  is the development of web-crawling computers able to plough through massive amounts of scientific data and search for logical relations, as recently reported in Science.

Another, and maybe more realistic use, is visualization. As visualcomplexity.com has shown over the years, visualizations are fantastic for not only science communication, but also as a way to enhance our understanding of complex systems and their dynamics.

Here is a compilation of stunning visualizations we would like to see for sustainability science. Some of them are simple, others are quite sophisticated. Be inspired, and feel free to add your own suggestions to the list in the comments field!

#1. The known universe

#2. Sync/Lost

A multi-user installation for immersion in the history of electronic music. From a complex timeline, rhythms and sub-rhythms merge to create new sounds. Link with video here.

#3. State of the Internet 2009

#4. The Afghan Conflict

#5. The Luxury of Protest


#6. Solarbeat

#7. OpenStreetMap


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