Maybe it’s just the impending summer months or the fact that spring is on it’s way out, but around the VisualCue offices we’ve been itching to get outside.

And, of course, pretty much anything that we think about around the offices gets correlated, somehow, to data visualization and the information surrounding that topic. What else did you expect? We’re data enthusiasts.

This Friday we’d like to share some of the most amazing visualizations dealing with nature and the outdoors that we’ve found from around the internet in celebration of outdoor summer fun!

So many animals

Our first data visualization comes to us from Tableau and shows, through a method that we are very familiar with, the endangered status of a great number of animals out there.

animal data visualization
happy to see some green on there

Why are we familiar with this particular mode of data visualization? Note how this particular user set up the visualization. You know the rough kind of animal it is just by the shape of the icon. The direction the animal is facing shows whether or not the population is currently increasing (facing right) or decreasing (facing left). The color denotes the current endangered status of the animal and, once you click on it, can see exactly where they live and what the population is.

Just a few simple rules: shape, direction and color and your eyes can immediately scan the image above and pick out which animals are currently endangered and which are on the rebound and which are still in decline. That’s a massive amount of information to analyze in such a short amount of time.

What percent is protected?

Of course talking about nature has us thinking about what the future will hold. Everyone should care about conservation and ensuring that future generations have a beautiful place to play around in.

Data visualization plays a role here too: what better way to convince someone that they should care about preserving the natural beauty of the planet and just how imperative it is that we do our part than to show them, with data and in a way everyone can understand, just how vital it is.

That’s what this data visualization from Yale does perfectly. The Terrestrial Habitat Protection Map shows, by country, just how much of that nation’s land is protected and how much of each different type of habitat that country is responsible for globally.

nature data visualization
Huh, kind of wish we had more national parks

Not only is this map a great example of use how easy to understand and intuitive a data visualization’s use of color can be, but it also shows the tremendous strides we’ve made to preserve natural parks for future generations and the long way we still have to go.

Until next time,

The VisualCrew