117 - Europe's Climate in 2071
From a young age, Frank was fascinated by maps and atlases, and the stories they contained. Finding his birthplace on the map in the endpapers of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings only increased his interest in the mystery and message of maps.
While pursuing a career in journalism, Frank started a blog called Strange Maps, as a repository for the weird and wonderful cartography he found hidden in books, posing as everyday objects and (of course) floating around the Internet.
"Each map tells a story, but the stories told by your standard atlas for school or reference are limited and literal: they show only the most practical side of the world, its geography and its political divisions. Strange Maps aims to collect and comment on maps that do everything but that - maps that show the world from a different angle".
A remit that wide allows for a steady, varied diet of maps: Frank has been writing about strange maps since 2006, published a book on the subject in 2009 and joined Big Think in 2010. Readers send in new material daily, and he keeps bumping in to cartography that is delightfully obscure, amazingly beautiful, shockingly partisan, and more.
This map shows which climate European cities can expect 64 years in the future:
London‘s climate will resemble that of the Portuguese coast;
\nParis weather will resemble that of the Extremadura, in the interior of the Iberian peninsula;
\nStockholm and Oslo are a bit further to the north, close together and close to Barcelona;
\nBarcelona itself will meteorologically migrate to northern Morocco;
\nwhile Berlin will situate itself weather-wise in the Algerian hinterlands of Kabylia;
\nIstanbul, the largest Turkish city, will move to the southern coast of that country;
\nand will be joined there by Rome, as its present-day climate will prove all but eternal;
\nHelsinki‘s weather will resemble that of central Europe, southern Poland to be exact;
\nand finally, Saint Petersburg will come to feel like Belarus – although I’m not sure that’s much of an improvement.
Map suggested by Stefan Geens, taken from The Guardian here, but originally from the Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement in France.\n
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