Communicating Polar Climate Change through Data Visualization
Mon, Jan 28 — Thu, Feb 14
Compton-Goethals HallCompton-Goethals Art Gallery, Room 134The City College of New York
Compton-Goethals Hall, 134
Exhibit of the CCNY SEED funded project.The "SEED" for this project germinated during the fall of 2011. Prof. Marco Tedesco was considering various ways to communicate the results of his research concerning the melting of the Greenland ice sheet to the non-science community through 'unconventional' venues, using visual art and music. The opportunity to build a team and complete a project arose when CCNY President Lisa Coico called for proposals for interdisciplinary collaboration through City SEED grants. She wished to create connections among different disciplines, and to support preliminary work which could attract additional external funding. Prof. Tedesco contacted Profs. Saltz, Ham and Perl to share his ideas and they agreed to meet. Their proposal was selected (through an internal competitive process similar to the one used at the National Science Foundation). They developed a plan to create an exhibition and website using data visualization, gamification, and signification to communicate polar climate change to the general public. CCNY students and recent grads were asked to help create the visuals, game and sound.
This exhibition could not be more timely. The year 2012 turned out to be the most dramatic year in known history for the melting of the Greenland ice sheet (which Prof. Tedesco has dubbed "the goliath year of melting." Climate change has been front page news throughout the year, and, in his second inaugural address, President Obama has vowed to prioritize a response to climate change. The need to communicate scientific data and documentation about climate change to the widest possible audience has never been more acute. It is hoped that this exhibition will continue to educate and inform the public both online and through supported travel to alternate venues, and to reach the widest possible audience. By presenting Prof. Tedesco's research through sound and visuals, it is hoped that the information presented will be understandable, memorable, and ultimately, actionable.