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Visualizing Climate: A Panel Bridging Art, Science, and Policy
Apr 12

Visualizing Climate: A Panel Bridging Art, Science, and Policy

July 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Rabb Hall, Central Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

How do we visualize climate? The Map Center hosts a cross-disciplinary panel discussion about climate visualization, and how different approaches contribute to today’s urgent discourse about climate change.

John Anderson, Education Director at the New England Aquarium, will present the Visualizing Change project, a climate change education toolkit that uses “visual narratives” to support informal science learning institutions (aquariums, museums, nature centers, etc.) as they help the public understand the causes, consequences, and appropriate responses to climate change.

Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor of Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College, will discuss her work as an artist and public storyteller, including “Boston Coastline: Future Past,” a “walking data visualization” in which participants traced a route from the Climate Change prediction of the city’s coastline to its history, as a way of physically understanding the city’s future and past.

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Minister for Ecological Justice and the Interim Youth Pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak about Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action’s Climate Justice Simulation, an innovative game that asks participants to consider ways to prepare for and respond to a climate event in ways that bring us together, support the most vulnerable, and build on connections between faith communities.

Mike Wilson is a landscape architect and doctoral candidate in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he researches the planning and policy challenges of water systems under climate change uncertainty. He will discuss map analysis as a tool for developing resilient districts in the New Jersey Meadowlands and Greater Boston.

This panel discussion will be moderated by David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. After the talk, audience members are invited to view the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History. The Gallery will be held open until 8:00 pm.