BBC Dimensions: Compare Size to Familiar Areas

This BBC website does two clever things in data visualisation: It lets you compare the size – typically an area – of a flood, oil spill or festival ground to an area you’re familiar with.

Area of 2010 Pakistan Floods Overlaid the UK

So it not only uses convincing comparissons but it also offers ways to engage with the data in that you can insert your home zip code whereby you can get a much better feel of the data.

While the areas affected by the 2010 Pakistan floods have to be measured in areas of european countries, other sizes like the route Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon’s surface can be compared to your front lawn.