The “Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media” succinctly states the importance of informative and compelling visuals to communicate the scientific understanding and possible effects of climate change:
“Strategic use of visualizations and graphics, particularly when they are designed to be interactive, can be key to presenting large amounts of climate information in an easily digestible form. With outstanding graphics, audiences can engage directly with the information being presented, helping them make sense of large data sets and helping them see connections in complex phenomena” (Peach, 2011).
This section annotates compelling visualizations of scientific data related to climate change. The sections “Communicating Climate Science” and “Climate Science” in this libguide also contain a number of interactive websites with compelling visualizations of climate change science and risks, while the section “Climate Change Art” includes artistic depictions of climate change information. (Y. Houy)
Peach, S. (2011, Sept. 22). Interactive graphics illustrate benefits of visualization on climate change issues. TheYale Forum on Climate Change & the Media. http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/
The NASA Scientific Visualization Studio works with scientists to create informative visualizations related to earth and space science. Their compelling interactive graphics and videos are frequently used for communicating climate science and risks in the media: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Visualizing Climate Change: A guide to visual communication of climate change and developing local solutions by Stephen R. J. Sheppard, Professor in Landscape Architecture and Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, discusses effective, and sometimes innovative, ways of visualizing the global and local effects of climate change.
Sheppard, S. R. J. (2012). Visualizing Climate Change: A guide to visual communication of climate change and developing local solutions. New York, NY: Routledge.