SARMA/TIES workshop on visualization of climate data

An ISI World Statistics Congress Satellite Meeting

University of Iceland, Reykjavik, August 15-18, 2011

Dynamic scatter plot of the residual from a complex demodulation of Northern hemisphere average temperature at the frequencies of the precession of the equinoxes against log CO2. The black part of the scatterplot corresponds to Figure 9 in Thomson (Science, 1995), while the red part corresponds to data collected after those used in the paper. We see substantial changes 1980-86 and from 1998 on. Dynamic map of temperature anomalies with respect to 1995. You can see the gradual warming over the region, by growing pinkness overall, along with pockets of extreme increase in the high altitude regions of north and south America. In addition, in the 1997-1998 years the El Nino event (warmer water) can be seen in the ocean off Peru and Ecuador extending all the way the the west of the study region.

R data and R code for the dynamic scatterplot. R data and R code for the dynamic map. Note for Linux users: Apple does not have a Quicktime plugin for Linux. Try VLC.

Instructors: Dianne Cook, Iowa State University    

Hadley Wickham, Rice University                             Portrait

Heike Hofmann, Iowa State University                  portrait

Local organizer: Birgir Hrafnkelsson                      

Workshop structure

The main part of the workshop will be working on and presenting solutions to visualization problems that are presented at the beginning of the day. There will be a few presentations, mainly overviews of software, and there will also be opportunities for participants to present posters in the evenings. On Monday and Wednesday there will be excursions in the afternoon/evening.

Computing requirements

It is expected that participants bring their own laptops, with the latest version of R installed. The following R packages will be used.

Basic plotting, and data handling:
Creating and outputting animations:
Interactive graphics (after May, when these packages are released):
A number of data sets will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own data.
Files with course material.

Registration and practical information

Registration is now available. There is only a limited number of participants.

Practical information about flights, airport transportation etc.

Accomodation information.

Social events and excursions.