Environmental data visualisation for non-scientific contexts: Literature review and design framework

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Title: Environmental data visualisation for non-scientific contexts: Literature review and design framework
Authors: Grainger, S
Mao, F
Buytaert, W
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Environmental science is an applied discipline, which therefore requires interacting with actors outside of the scientific community. Visualisations are increasingly seen as powerful tools to engage users with unfamiliar and complex subject matter. Despite recent research advances, scientists are yet to fully harness the potential of visualisation when interacting with non-scientists. To address this issue, we review the main principles of visualisation, discuss specific graphical challenges for environmental science and highlight some best practice from non-professional contexts. We provide a design framework to enhance the communication and application of scientific information within professional contexts. These guidelines can help scientists incorporate effective visualisations within improved dissemination and knowledge exchange platforms. We conclude that the uptake of science within environmental decision-making requires a highly iterative and collaborative design approach towards the development of tailored visualisations. This enables users to not only generate actionable understanding but also explore information on their own terms.
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2016
Date of Acceptance: 5-Sep-2016
ISSN: 1364-8152
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 299
End Page: 318
Journal / Book Title: Environmental Modelling & Software
Volume: 85
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/J016578/1
Keywords: Environmental Engineering
MD Multidisciplinary
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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