EoE Data Innovation Showcase

EoE Data Visualization Themes

The Health
Impacts of Poor
Air Quality

Winner & Finalists

Background

As no surprise that the air we breathe impacts our health - whether this be a short term reaction to pollutants such as coughing or a longer term response such as cancer and heart disease. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, there was an estimated 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide as a result of outdoor air pollution.

There are many different sources of air pollution including: Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide, Particulate Matter, Sulfur Dioxide, Lead, and Carbon Monoxide. Each of these pollutants can lead to different health hazards and depending on where you live, you are more prone to being exposed to certain pollutants. For example, if you live in a community near smelters or battery plants, you are more likely to be exposed to high levels of lead in the air.

As part of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of ensuring healthy lives and promoting well- being for all at all ages there is a specific focus that by 2030 we substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination.

Many people are unaware of the health impacts of the air they are breathing. How can we visualize this data in a way that people can better understand how the air we breathe impacts our health? Can you create visuals to help citizens take action and demand more regulatory protection from their governments?

The Challenge

Create a solution for visualizing how air quality impacts our health. This can be an interactive map displaying levels of air pollution and health effects by country, a compelling infographic linking certain pollutants to common health risks, or a heat map showing changes of the most prevalent air pollutants over the last decade.

Functional Specifications

Submissions may be images, videos, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams, and other visualization types. Please provide an external link to a project page.

Example Use Cases

  • Global map of air pollution and health impacts: Help citizens understand the health impacts of air pollution based on where they are located in the globe. Create a geovisualization with interactive capabilities and layers containing health information and other indicators.
  • Disease and air pollutant correlation: We know that not all air pollutants lead to the same diseases and that diseases are never caused by a single source. Create a visual that helps people better understand which health hazards they are more prone to based on which air pollutants are present in the air that they are breathing. Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be limited to outdoor air pollution - it can also include pollutants that are present indoors such as those from open cookstoves.
  • Health impacts and industrial complexes: Rapid industrialization has led to higher rates of pollution in the air. We know that living near an industrial zone can cause many health risks such as asthma, cancer, and heart disease. Create a visual that illustrates what health impacts people are more prone to when living close to certain industrial facilities.

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Economic
Impacts of Natural
Disasters

Winner & Finalists

Background

Natural disasters are as diverse as they are pervasive, with its impacts much greater today than in the past. An increase in migration, dense urbanization, and climate change have all contributed to the likelihood and potential impact of disasters. Although death tolls and number of people impacted tends to be greater in developing countries, from an economic perspective the developed world is hit just as bad if not worst by natural disasters. And with a more interconnected global economy, the financial impacts of a disaster one side of the world are quickly felt in another.

One of the Special Initiatives of Eye on Earth focuses on disaster management. This initiative is looking to align existing efforts in this space to help countries and citizens better plan for and respond to natural disasters. A way to do this is to understand the economic impacts of natural disasters and understand the flow of funds before and after disasters. How can we create visuals that allow citizens to have better knowledge about the financial costs of natural disasters and their implications worldwide?

The Challenge

Help us visualize the economic impacts of natural disasters in a way that people can quickly understand the associated costs. This could be a time series visual that demonstrates the costs of disaster over the last decade, a bubble cloud showing which events have had the greatest economic impact across the world, or a comparison chart showing how much of a country’s GDP was lost due to natural disasters in a given year.

Functional Specifications

Submissions may be images, videos, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams, and other visualization types. Please provide an external link to a project page.

Example Use Cases

  • Comparison visualization: When numbers are released showing the financial impact of disasters, sometimes it is hard to grasp what those figures mean since they are often in the million if not billion dollar range. Create a visualization that helps translate these numbers into something that people can actually understand. Comparisons can be within a single year for different disasters or across multiple years within one geographic region.
  • Correlation between global markets and natural disasters: In today’s global economy, natural disasters impact more than just the country being hit. The impacts of a typhoon hitting Asia overnight for example are quickly seen at the opening of the New York Stock Exchange the next day. Create a visual representation of the impact of natural disasters on the global markets. Explore how certain companies were affected by different natural disasters or by how much markets fell in a given year right after a major natural disaster occurred.
  • Disaster coverage in the financial news: We all know that financial markets are just as impacted by actual events as they are about people’s perception. Create a visualization that shows how much natural disasters are covered in the financial news and what implication this may have on global markets. Is there a trend in higher news coverage of a disaster and decreased foreign direct investment?

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Economic Impacts
of Rising Ocean
Temperatures

Winner & Finalists

Background

Ocean water temperatures have risen over the last century which will continue to affect ocean circulation, chemistry, ecosystems and marine life. The economic impacts are various, including decline and complexities of resource use and extraction, tourism, maritime shipping and governance, and resource use for fisheries, aquaculture and energy production. The United Nations has set ocean protection and climate change as priority Sustainable Development Goals.

How can we bring together environmental and economic data to create a narrative about the urgency of climate change’s impact on our oceans and seas? How can we couple advanced geospatial technologies and economic content to provide a geographic component to visualizations?

The Challenge

Create a solution for visualizing, interacting with or mapping out the economic impact of rising sea temperatures. This could be an impactful and artistic visualization of how historical socio-economic events and habitats are affected by oceanic change, a new map-based interface for browsing and consuming oceanic content, or an innovative way to overlay maps and economic data into climate change events and stories.

Functional Specifications

Submissions may be images, videos, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams, and other visualization types. Please provide an external link to a project page.

Example Use Cases

  • History Visualization: Create a solution that enables data visualizations to be developed for specific historical events whenever there is sufficient data to do so, pulling data from APIs or data scraping. A solution that fits this use case would produce a graphical representation of historical data. Explore how rising sea temperatures have interacted with local and national economies, food production, and maritime livelihoods.
  • Geography Visualization: Global media has perpetuated the notion that economic concerns of rising ocean temperatures mostly affect fishermen and less developed nations that heavily depend on aquaculture. Create a solution that visualizes and maps the global geographic realities of current and projected impacts across diverse nations and continents.
  • Habitat Visualization: The warming of the ocean has changed ocean habitats and ecosystems due to extreme weather patterns and sea level rise. These transformations are endangering healthy coastal ecosystems, which in turn jeopardize the industries that rely on ocean habitat stability. Provide a visualization of endangered coastal ecosystems and their corresponding economic effects.

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