Anthropocene – Viz from the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit

By May 25, 2012 No Comments

Below is a 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.

The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by

Anthropocene.info is a beta version. Phase two and phase three of the site development will be complete by the end of 2012.
Data used:
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme | igbp.net
NaturalEarthData | naturalearthdata.com
OpenStreetMap | openstreetmap.org
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency | nga.mil
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | noaa.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration | nasa.gov
Greg’s Cable Map | cablemap.info
Earlyguard | earlyguard.bandcamp.com
HECQ | hecq.de

Thanks go to Alistair of http://www.cartopedia.co.uk/blog/ for sending it in…


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.