Hybrid Sankey diagrams: visual analysis of multidimensional data for understanding resource use

Rick Lupton

University of Cambridge

Rick is a Research Associate in the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge. He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, before working for several years on the design and modelling of wind turbines, first at a renewable energy consultancy, and later back in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. Since completing his PhD in 2014, he has been working with Professor Julian Allwood on modelling and visualisation of resource use.Rick's research interests include dealing with uncertainty in modelling, using analytical and stochastic methods, and the subsequent analysis and visualisation of model results. He is a supporter of open research and is the author of several open-source software packages related to visualisation of resource flows with Sankey diagrams, amongst other things.


Sankey diagrams are used to visualise flows of materials and energy in many applications, to aid understanding of losses and inefficiencies, to map out production processes, and to give a sense of scale across a system. As... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rick Lupton (University of Cambridge)
  2. Julian Allwood (University of Cambridge)

Topic Areas

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis , • Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a


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