Think about your final project, pick an idea, requirements (involves with color mapping, pixel/shapes drawing and geo location elements). Write a blog post of your progress, focus on the research of dataset and conceptual sketches).
Sample Code: download
Note: You can switch map region inside setupMap() function by giving right coordinates.
You may noticed the horizontal lines across the globe, it may be caused by the drawArc() function I ported from python, will update when I have time to dig into the code.