A scrolling story where graphics have the lead.
Climate change is a hot topic in Dutch politics and social media. Current stories are mainly focussed on the rising temperatures world wide and future predictions. We wanted to show how climate change influences the Netherlands at this very moment. As editors of a qualitative news organisation we wanted to address this with a data driven story. The immense amount of data at the KNMI, the Dutch meteorological institute, are the basis of a visual story that explores the weather data from 1901 till now. A thorough analysis led to a series of graphics, subtly built in an animation that unfolds for the user by scrolling through the page.
What makes this project innovative?
This project combines the possibilities of D3 and responsive techniques to make a user experience on mobile that is smooth, clear, intuitive and informative. The (unfolding of) information gives the user an incentive to keep scrolling, reading and seeing.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
Impact on three days (Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th, Monday 28th of January): 34,000 pageviews, 47,600 minutes: 1:23 min. average view time; Twitter: 690 retweets/shares; Facebook: 665 likes/shares Overall metrics till 4/4/2019: 51,900 minutes, 37,700 page views; average view time: 1:23 min. Importance of responsive design: 60% of page views are on mobile. It was the best read story of NRC on Sunday 27th of January. NRC has 30 - 35 million page views per month, with almost 3 minutes average time on page
Source and methodology
Source of the data: KNMI, Dutch Meteorological Institute: http://projects.knmi.nl/klimatologie/daggegevens/selectie.cgi. We collected data from 1901 till today, escpecially around temperature and rainfall. We dug into the data and looked for trends and outliers. After we got our first conclusions, fit into different graphics, we discussed these with a climate scientist, Geert Jan van Oldenborgh. He gave some explanations to the data and helped us to strengthen our message.
Erik van Gameren, Wouter van Loon