In one of the hottest summers in recent years, we showed how climate change played out on a local level. We showed rising temperatures and numbers of heat days based on both historical data and projections. The piece rewrites itself based on the users’ input location.
Local newspapers in most austrian states partnered with us and either republished the investigation or based their local reporting on our findings.
We also created reports for local papers showing how their regions were affected, which they used for additional reporting.
What was the hardest part of this project?
(Use „Wien” as an example input, this will show you data on Vienna)
By raw amount of data, this was our largest (big) data project yet. The hard parts were figuring out how to make the large amount of data legible to our users (and process-able by us), creating a story that could change dependin on the users’ input, and supporting other reporters’ local reporting.
What can others learn from this project?
Climate Change can be interesting to both reporting partners and readers if the impacts can be shown on a local level and made legible to non-specialists. The latter was achieved by using the measure of heatdays and not showing relative differences, but for example absolute temperatures.