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Communicating Arctic climate change through data-driven stories

  1. 1. Communicating Arctic climate change through data-driven stories @ZLabe Zachary Labe Postdoc at Colorado State University 14 February 2022 Columbia University Applications in Climate & Society
  2. 2. ZACHARY LABE, PH.D. Climate Scientist at Colorado State University zmlabe@rams.colostate.edu RESEARCHER CLIMATE SIGNAL VS. WEATHER NOISE @ZLabe COMMUNICATOR RESEARCHER ARCTIC CLIMATE CHANGE STORYTELLER SIMPLE, BOLD DATA VISUALIZATION
  3. 3. ZACHARY LABE, PH.D. Climate Scientist at Colorado State University zmlabe@rams.colostate.edu RESEARCHER CLIMATE SIGNAL VS. WEATHER NOISE @ZLabe COMMUNICATOR RESEARCHER ARCTIC CLIMATE CHANGE STORYTELLER SIMPLE, BOLD DATA VISUALIZATION
  4. 4. Polar Amplification: acceleration of warming in high latitudes relative to the rest of the globe
  5. 5. °C
  6. 6. NOW Start of satellite-era °C
  7. 7. Polar Amplification: acceleration of warming in high latitudes relative to the rest of the globe
  8. 8. DATA VISUALIZATION IS STORY-TELLING.
  9. 9. DATA VISUALIZATION IS STORY-TELLING. Arctic temperature anomalies from 1950 to 2021
  10. 10. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  11. 11. 2016 RIO OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY
  12. 12. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS PLOT BY ED HAWKINS DON’T BE SUCH A SCIENTIST WE ARE DATA SCIENTISTS
  13. 13. PLOT BY ED HAWKINS
  14. 14. https://showyourstripes.info/
  15. 15. Landscape of Change uses data about sea level rise, glacier volume decline, increasing global temperatures, and the increasing use of fossil fuels. These data lines compose a landscape shaped by the changing climate, a world in which we are now living. Jill Pelto|http://www.jillpelto.com/landscape-of-change “ ”
  16. 16. THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING IN REAL-TIME. Considering a global view of temperatures relative to average – placing weather in the context of climate
  17. 17. THE ARCTIC IS CHANGING IN REAL-TIME. Daily Arctic temperature in 2018 (red) compared to every year since 1958 in the month of February. Average is shown by the white line.
  18. 18. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE
  19. 19. 2016 Average
  20. 20. START A CONVERSATION.
  21. 21. THOMAN, LABE ET AL. 2020
  22. 22. [International Arctic Research Center [IARC; University of Alaska, Fairbanks]
  23. 23. ACCESSIBILITY No jargon Tell a story Alternative text Color contrast ratio Label data directly Avoid flashing GIFs Include figure titles Avoid data overlays Provide data references
  24. 24. Community Earth System Model v1 (CESM1) using CAM5.2 (1° x 1°) RCP8.5 (after 2005) – high emission scenario Fully coupled with 40-member ensemble
  25. 25. Community Earth System Model v1 (CESM1) using CAM5.2 (1° x 1°) RCP8.5 (after 2005) – high emission scenario Fully coupled with 40-member ensemble X
  26. 26. October-November – Relative to the years of 1951-1980 Our planet without change…
  27. 27. ENGAGE OTHERS.
  28. 28. https://www.oldweather.org/
  29. 29. Crystal Polar Cruise, Aug. 2016 We need scientists. We need educators. We need innovators. We need communicators.
  30. 30. It’s not too late!
  31. 31. CHECK: Simple. Bold. Stories. @ZLabe ZACHARY LABE | 14 FEBRUARY 2022| COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Questions!

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