ONLINE VISUALIZATIONS: Melted Ice Caps, Global Wind

30 Dec

Flooded Florida

There seems to be a mild proliferation lately of cool online weather and climate toys to play with. I quite like the Ocean Currents Map I recently mentioned here, and now comes two more visualization gadgets to help hone your procrastination skills. The more alarming one is a Rising Seas interactive map from National Geographic that shows where the land will and won’t be once the polar ice caps have finished melting.

As you can see in the image up top, all of Florida and the U.S. south and Gulf coasts will be underwater. Another interesting feature is that Australia will be blessed with a large inland sea.

Flooded Australia

Meanwhile, there’s an Earth Wind Map that offers up a truly global perspective in real time of what the world’s winds are up to. It is considerably more interactive than the Rising Seas map, as you can zoom in and out, rotate the globe, and even get pinpoint surface-wind readings by clicking on any particular spot.

Wind map

For example, during my tour of the world this morning, I found the windiest spot on the planet (at 57 knots) was this patch of the North Atlantic, where a nice winter storm is howling away south of Greenland.

For ocean sailors, of course, it is tempting to try to use these sorts of real-time toys, which channel current computer modeling data, as planning tools, but one should be a bit circumspect about this. In my correspondence with Rich Signell, one of the creators of the Ocean Currents Map, he warned me in no uncertain terms that the map was not intended to be used for navigational purposes.

But then that’s what they always say, isn’t it?


  1. marcus

    Oh, Say it AIN’T SO, JOE!

    According to this (from a person who’s traveled Florida virtually every inch thereof, on foot, on Kayak, Canoe, by sail & Motor, on shore and off), the whopping 345′ elevation Britton Hill is SUBMERGED!!!!

    Oh, the HORROR! I’ll need a diving bell just to visit my current canal front home! Also, there’s the little dig that MOST (not just some) of Australia and a significant portion of the ENTIRE EAST COAST would have to be under water….

    Perhaps it’s all just poppycock, like this bogus “Map” that negates the whole propostition of climate change, since our climate changes daily; it’s called weather, and we’re pompously arrogant to think that we, unlike volcanos, hurricanes, tsunami’s, meteorites and solar flares, that we, lowly human beings, might have some impact on our entire worlds climate with our (mis)behavior. Not buying the hype for a nano-second further,

  2. Captain Mick

    News Flash,
    (Actually it’s Physics that the Global Warming Whacos All seemed to never contemplate starting with AlGore)….

    1-Ice Displaces MORE volume than Water.
    2-Don’t believe me, Mark the side of a glass of “ice Water”, let it warm (read=allow Ice to MELT) and tell me where the level winds up in relation to where the level was With Ice formerly….
    3-A thousand dollars says the level is lower AFTER THE ICE MELTS (because it’s a ‘bet’ I Can’t Lose, It’s PHYSICS! Folks, THAT IS Science, unlike ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’, the reality is that IF the Polar Ice Caps MELTED (Specifically the North Pole as a Significant Portion of the South Pole is Terra Firma, aka Dirt, aka Antarctica) the sea level would LOWER, not Rise. Global warming is a hoax. IF it were real, I’d quicker believe the source would be our SUN. Bottom line, IF it were ‘Real’ and IF the Poles Actually DID “Melt” Completely, the sea levels WILL RECEDE. Science (REAL SCIENCE) proves it every time. Don’t believe me, go get YOUR Glass, fill it with ice water and mark the level…You’re allowed to comment on my comments ONLY after Your ice has melted completely) =:>)

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