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Communicating Climate Change through ICT-Based Visualization: Towards an Analytical Framework

Department of Thematic Studies—Unit of Water and Environmental Studies/Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, Linköping 581 83, Sweden
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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4760-4777;
Received: 1 July 2013 / Revised: 28 October 2013 / Accepted: 30 October 2013 / Published: 7 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Communication for and about Sustainability)
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The difficulties in communicating climate change science to the general public are often highlighted as one of the hurdles for support of enhanced climate action. The advances of interactive visualization using information and communication technology (ICT) are claimed to be a game-changer in our ability to communicate complex issues. However, new analytical frameworks are warranted to analyse the role of such technologies. This paper develops a novel framework for analyzing the content, form, context and relevance of ICT-based visualization of climate change, based on insights from literature on climate change communication. Thereafter, we exemplify the analytical framework by applying it to a pilot case of ICT-based climate visualization in a GeoDome. Possibilities to use affordable advanced ICT-based visualization devices in science and policy communication are rapidly expanding. We thus see wider implications and applications of the analytical framework not only for other ICT environments but also other issue areas in sustainability communication. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; visualization; communication; dome theatre climate change; visualization; communication; dome theatre

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Wibeck, V.; Neset, T.-S.; Linnér, B.-O. Communicating Climate Change through ICT-Based Visualization: Towards an Analytical Framework. Sustainability 2013, 5, 4760-4777.

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