Migrations in Motion: An Animated Map of Climate-Driven Species Movement

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) recently developed an incredibly cool animated map that depicts how more than 2,900 species of birds, mammals and amphibians might migrate in response to rising sea levels and temperatures. The flow model, called Migrations in Motion, draws from research published in Ecology Letters in 2013, “Projected climate-driven faunal movement routes,” which Professor Josh Lawler coauthored with Professor Julian Olden from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, former SEFS grad student Aaron Ruesch (’11, M.S.), and Brad McRae, a senior landscape ecologist with TNC.

The map drew some immediate press coverage, including in Wired, which rightly calls the animation “mesmerizing, if unsettling” in its story, “Here’s Where Species Will Flee Because of Global Warming.”

Unlike the idle screengrab below, the actual map pulses with color and activity. Take a look!

Image of Migrations in Motion © The Nature Conservancy.

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