"You probably saw a multi-coloured climate map at least once in school. You
might have pored over it, fascinated. Was Antarctica really a cold desert? And
why was so much of Russia listed as tundra?
Almost always, those maps were based on the climate classification system
proposed by Wladimir Köppen. The colours are chosen to suit our imagination:
Australia with its red desert centre, surrounded by a yellow or orange
semi-arid fringe and more lush green climates along many coastlines and
But these maps were made for a climate that doesn’t exist any more. Our new
research shows just how fast climate change has altered these maps – and how
they will continue to change.
Our web app lets you see for yourself for any country in the world and for
different emission scenarios. For Australia, you can watch the hot desert area
expand and the temperate areas shrink.
The climate map of the future below assumes nations meet their climate goals.
It could be far worse. Or it could be better, if we finally treat climate
change with the urgency it needs."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics