5 Real-Time Maps And Simulations To Help You Understand The World

These real-time maps and simulations provide a textured look at Earth, rich with live data.

With real-time data, developers are able to create visual simulations that portray important aspects of the world we live in. Through these data visualizations, which update themselves with live information, we can learn a lot about topics ranging from life and death, to weather, to war and tweets.

Here are five real-time maps that provide real and nuanced insight about the world.

1. Real-time map of births and deaths in real time

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This simulation, which aggregates data from government censuses and other public records, shows a real-time view of births and deaths in their cities and countries of origin. A brief look at the map makes it clear that births more than double deaths in frequency, a fact supported by research.

For a godlike look at life and death, click here

2. Real-time map of wind and weather patterns of the Earth

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This simulation shows real-time global weather conditions as they roll over land and sea in a stunning visual map of the world’s winds and precipitation. The animation’s colorful Vangogh-esque appearance can be adjusted by wind speed, precipitation, temperature, and zoomed into locations of your choice.

For a sky-high view of swirling winds and seas, click here

3. Real-time map of Cyber attacks across the globe

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The Digital Attack Map is a live data visualization of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (cyber attacks which flood their target with traffic to make its online information unavailable). It presents high level attack trends in real time using data gathered by Arbor Networks ATLAS global threat intelligence system.

As you can see, the United States experiences and generates by far the most cyber activity overall, though the most significant number of attacks appear to originate from China.

For an insider’s look at cyber strikes, click here.

4. Real-time map of worldwide Twitter action

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Twitter can be fun to explore on its website and app, but you’ve never seen it quite like this. Tweetping tracks global Twitter activity in real-time by drawing in data which includes word count, hashtags, and mentions by continent.

For flowing streams of live tweet-iness, click here

5. Real-time map of news about global conflicts

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 4.04.10 PM aggregates data from news sources reporting on armed conflicts worldwide, and via pins or targets links to the latest news sources on locational conflict articles from around the Internet. A look at the map shows hotspots for violence and unrest in Mexico, Venezuela, Ukraine, Sudan, Pakistan and more.

For live insight into war on the rocks, click here

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Jennifer Markert