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Climate Change in my Community: Changes in Precipitation–Climatograms of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NCSE Graduate Student Outreach Fellow Michelle Valkanas uses precipitation data to help visualize climate change in her community.


This project uses Climatograms to determine change in precipitation over the last 100 years, using Pittsburgh, PA as a reference point. Participants pick a time point and build the precipitation for that year using counting cubes. This is placed on the corresponding timeline to allow for a 3D representation of change in precipitation. Additionally, the participants can pour water over their city to see how changes in participation can cause flooding, which occurs when the participants water breaches the designated flood line. 

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