Article | State of Climate Visualization | Forecasting the Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Visualizing Change to Inspire Public Action

Title:
Forecasting the Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Visualizing Change to Inspire Public Action
Author:
Lindsay Irving: Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics, USA Healy Hamilton: Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics, USA
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Year:
2009
Conference:
State of Climate Visualization
Issue:
045
Article no.:
008
Pages:
57-63
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2009-12-09
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Climate change impacts to the species and ecosystems upon which human economic and ecological well-being depends receive relatively little attention from the media and the general public. Ecological forecasts of future climate impacts on the geographic ranges of iconic species produce models depicting alternative scenarios that vary dramatically in their degree of projected changes. Using the IPCC’s latest climate model outputs and greenhouse gas emissions scenarios; scientists and science visualization specialists from the California Academy of Sciences are creating multimedia presentations that convey two different trajectories for Earth (and our) future; told through the lens of wildlife icons such as the jaguar and wolverine. These science-based results translate into educational ‘global change vignettes’ that introduce the public to alternative potential futures for the species and landscapes to which they are connected. In this way; the diffuse issue of global climate change becomes more personal; and the viewer may be motivated to become part of the solution that creates the more positive outcome.

State of Climate Visualization

Author:
Lindsay Irving, Healy Hamilton
Title:
Forecasting the Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Visualizing Change to Inspire Public Action
References:
Maibach; E; Roser-Renouf; C. and A. Leiserowitz. (2009). “Global Warming’s Six Americas 2009: An Audience Segmentation Analysis”. Yale Project on Climate Change; Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

State of Climate Visualization

Author:
Lindsay Irving, Healy Hamilton
Title:
Forecasting the Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Visualizing Change to Inspire Public Action
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