Mapping Climate Change I: Visual Communication

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cartography Specialty Group, Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group, Cryosphere Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Southdown, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Carolyn Fish
Chairs: Carolyn Fish


Session Description:
As climate change continues to shift atmospheric and oceanic conditions further from preindustrial levels, its significant environmental and human impacts are becoming increasingly apparent. However, these multidimensional impacts often remain difficult for both decision makers and the public to understand due to their complexity, uncertainty, and perceived physical, temporal, and social distance. Maps offer one way to improve communication of this issue because they can help to reduce its complexity and can illustrate its effects in immediate and relatable contexts. In these ways, visualization and mapping are important for the communication, understanding, and ultimately mitigation of the causes – and adaptation to the impacts – of climate change. Cartography, remote sensing, and GIScience all play important roles in understanding and communicating this issue. Additionally, virtual and augmented reality tools for communicating climate change are of particular interest to geographers and cartographers, as their novel perspectives on the geography of climate change may help make its causes and consequences more tangible and accessible. Despite geographers' ongoing interest in these issues, more research is needed on how climate change is mapped, whether these maps and other technological advances are effective for their audiences, and how they are used to make decisions. This session is a call to continue exploring these big questions facing geographers as we aim to make maps and related geographic tools in the service of the environment and society.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Irene M Johannsen, University of Bonn, Mariele Evers, University of Bonn, Sara Irina Fabrikant*, University of Zurich, What looks uncertain to you? An empirical study on how texture and color value communicate data quality in climate change maps. 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Robert Roth*, UW-Madison, Reflections on the Design of US Climate Change Visualization Tools 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Carolyn Fish*, Pennsylvania State University, Vivid Maps: Climate Change Cartographic Communication 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Melissa Bernardo*, Florida International University, Visualizing Climate Change Impacts: Implications for Farmer Response to Sea Level Rise in Miami-Dade County, Florida 20 4:20 PM
Presenter David Retchless*, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Exploring the Links between Interaction and Affect: Results from a Study of Sea Level Rise Map Users 20 4:40 PM

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