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This map shows how animals will have to migrate because of the climate change

Migrations in Motion Geoawesomeness

The climate change is a fact. Global warming means the rising of the sea level but scientists predict that it will initiate a chain reaction of micro and macro effects in many different areas of life on our planet. One of them is the migration of animals. In order to survive over the next century many species will have to move to cooler or more suitable habitats.

The mapping project Migrations in Motion is visualizing the trajectories that species are expected to take in the course of the coming decades as the climate changes. The project is the effect of the collaboration between The University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy. Researches modeled potential habitat for 2954 species using climate change projections and the climatic needs of each species. The effect is the origin destination matrix connecting current habitats with their projected locations under climate change.


Inspired by wind maps, the data has been visualized as a dynamic streamlines plotting the migration corridors. Pink lines represent mammals, blue is for birds, and yellow is for amphibians. The effect is a hypnotic map that lets you understand the scale of the problem. Awesome project!

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