Energy & Climate Data Visualisations 

curated by Olwg 

These open-source resources are gathered and shared to give Members an appreciation of some different creative ways that complex energy & climate has been visualised to aid understanding.

Complexity of energy & climate data, considering the dynamic nature and geographical distribution of emissions and renewable resources presents a key challenge in posing solutions to decarbonisation, and designing systems or modelling realistic economics for future projects.

We would welcome Members’ thoughts on the initial content provided, and suggestions for alternate or more relevant data visualisation examples that help to understand the context to solving energy transition problems (please use the Forum).

My2050

My 2050

BEIS

Create Your Pathway to a Low Carbon UK By 2050

MacKayCarbonCalc

MacKay Carbon Calculator

BEIS

The MacKay Carbon Calculator provides a model of the UK energy system that allows you to explore pathways to decarbonisation, including net zero by 2050

AtomosphericCO2Growth

Visualizing The Growth of Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

Engaging-data.com

This visualizes the growth in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere (mainly from emissions due to human activities, eg burning fossil fuels for energy production, deforestation + other industrial processes).

CumulativeCO2Calc

Cumulative CO2 emissions calculator

Engaging-data.com

This shows the annual emissions of CO2 since 1750, before the industrial revolution. Due to rapid growth in population and energy use per capita over time, we're emitting more CO2 each year: humans have emitted as much in last 28 years than the 240 years prior.

FlightCO2EmissionCalc

Greenhouse gas emissions from airplane flights

Engaging-data.com

The following flight calculator and data visualization shows the miles and emissions produced per passenger by a airplane trip that you can specify.

SolarIntensity

Solar (Sun) Intensity By Location and Time

Engaging-data.com

This visualization shows the amount of direct solar insolation (W/m2) all across the globe as a function of time of day and day of year.