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My first sciart quilt. The minimum extent of arctic sea ice and sea surface temperatures from 1979-2017.

My first sciart quilt. The minimum extent of arctic sea ice and sea surface temperatures from 1979-2017.

[This is quite different from my usual fare - I generally subscribe to a "the more prints and colours the better philosophy.]

I decided I wanted to represent the changes in the minimum extent of arctic sea ice from 1979=2017, using data I downloaded from NASA. I split the data into octiles and created a heatmap in R and Excel.

Arctic sea ice heatmap

Arctic sea ice heatmap

Each block, starting in the top left with 1979, represents one year. Bluer = more ice, greener = less ice.

I then used a graph on sea surface temperatures from the NOAA for my quilting, isolating the data from the relevant time period. (Zoom to see).

The bottom right corner is a polar bear, one of the many species threatened by the disappearing sea ice. Their future is up to us.

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