Map of annual melting indeces from satellite microwave data for the period 1979 - 2011

The image on the left shows a different way to visualize  the melting index obtained from spaceborne microwave remote sensing data. The size of the fonts for each year is proportional to the rank of the year in terms of melting index (e.g., the bigger the font the stronger the melting). Colors complement the size of the fonts and indicate by how many standard deviations that particular year was above (red color) or below (blue color) the average. Note that the color scale is not linear. Feel free to use the image for presentations, talks or anything that might be helpful to you. I would appreciate to be contacted to know where the image has been used for. High-resolution version is available upon request. In any case, please credit M. Tedesco.