30 anos de desmatamento da Amazônia, em mapas e gráficos

Category: Best visualization (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Brazil

Organisation: Nexo Jornal

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 15/08/2019

Credit: Gabriel Zanlorenssi, Gabriel Maia, Thiago Quadros

Project description:

Visual stories revealing the deforestation in Amazon rainforest, with satellite images and data. The Amazon Rainforest is home of about 10% of all known fauna and flora species in the world. ut such biodiversity is endangered: after a decade of decrease in the deforestation of the forest in Brazil, these numbers have risen again since 2015. This graphic combines the data from a time series of deforestation collected by satellites since 1988 and animations of critical points where damage of the rainforest was more considerable in the period.

Impact reached:

The publication was driven by the huge discussion about the theme during the fires that hit the forest in 2019. It aimed to produce visual impact to present the deforestation with data.

Techniques/technologies used:

We used R to treat data and produce the chart, mainly Tidyverse packages. 

The images were collected in the Google Earth Engine. The GIFs were made using Adobe Photoshop and the final layout in Adobe Illustrator.

What was the hardest part of this project?

There are a lot of data visualizations that represent the deferostation in the Amazon Rainforest. The hardest part was to figure out a different approach that has a visual impact. The use of satellite images with the data 

What can others learn from this project?

To think about different approaches about very sensitive issues, that already have a lot publications using data.

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