Nice climate figures

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, says the popular adage. It is something that we, as climate scientists, should take seriously, especially given the vast quantities of literature we might read through.

I have certainly noticed that the quality of figures in climate science papers has improved over recent years, probably partly due to better tools being available, but perhaps also authors being more aware of the impact of figures. However, there are still some terrible and confusing figures in papers.

Does anyone want to suggest some excellent, published, visually appealing and useful climate-related figures that we might collect? has done this across all sciences for example.

UPDATE: There is now a dedicated Better Figures blog discussing climate figures.

About Ed Hawkins

Ed Hawkins (twitter: @ed_hawkins) is a climate scientist in NCAS-Climate at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. His research interests are in decadal variability and predictability of climate, especially in the Atlantic region, and in quantifying the different sources of uncertainty in climate predictions and impacts. Ed is a Contributing Author to IPCC AR5 and a member of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group.

2 thoughts on “Nice climate figures

  1. I’ll start with a figure from Baldwin & Dunkerton, showing an influence of the stratosphere on the troposphere.

    Caption: Weather from above. A weakening (red) or strengthening (blue) stratospheric vortex can alter circulation down to the surface. The diagrams show composites of the NAM index. The thin horizontal line indicates the approximate tropopause (Baldwin and Dunkerton, 2001).

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