This image by the SRON team, a dutch institute specialized in space research, is a perfect example of the power of flow visualization. Using advanced satellite imagery, the team was able to find new methane superemmiters, which is a huge breakthrough to limit and control these sites in an effort to combat climate change. Since methane is colorless, this flow visualization technique allows researchers and climate activists to identify potential areas to address. Overall, I think it is a very clever way of using flow visualization to tackle important issues, combining art with science through the color choices made, allowing the image to be readable and easy to understand.
Credits: Schuit, B. J., Maasakkers, J. D., Bijl, P., Mahapatra, G., Van den Berg, A.-W., Pandey, S., Lorente, A., Borsdorff, T., Houweling, S., Varon, D. J., McKeever, J., Jervis, D., Girard, M., Irakulis-Loitxate, I., Gorroño, J., Guanter, L., Cusworth, D. H., and Aben, I.: Automated detection and monitoring of methane super-emitters using satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-862, in review, 2023.