Visualizing Climate Change sounds simple enough, but what lens are you choosing to visualize it through? The lens of science and data, the lens of visual and musical arts, or some other lens? This Spotlight allows you to explore the idea of visualizing climate change through several different lenses.
Some of us immediately think of the most recent climate change data, the starting point for the Climate Spotlight shown below. Others think of climate change to date, while still others think to climate change forecasts. But you may not want to be pointed to specific graphics, but to the best websites for climate visualization data. In each case, the Climate Spotlight takes you to resources you may find particularly useful.
But some of us don’t immediately jump to the idea of data at all. More and more visual and musical artists are exploring climate change, as are more and more writers and graphic artists. In a totally different vein, the national security community is also extensively involved in visualizing climate change through scenario analysis. The Spotlight above has kept each “lens” separate from the other, but you can gather all the visualization approaches together here.
A key question is how to most effectively use visual media in conversations about climate change and to influence people’s thinking about climate change. The Climate Web pulls together all sorts of thinking on this question, which you can begin to access here through the Spotlight.
As is the case throughout the Climate Web, hovering over a thumbnail graphic expands it to become easily readable. URLs and PDFs can be activated in the Notes field at the bottom of the Spotlight (if you can’t see it, click on the small up arrow). Clicking on a specific thought will show you other thoughts it is linked to, allowing you to explore to your heart’s content. You can even jump to the hub of the entire Climate Web by clicking on the HOME thought at the upper left of the Spotlight.
To back up to a prior view at any time, click on the “breadcrumb trail” at the bottom, or simply backspace in your browser. To return to the original spotlight view at any time, click here.
This Climate Spotlight reflects just one of many ways this information could be organized and combined with other kinds of information, based on an audience’s needs. Contact the Climatographers to discuss your needs.