Images of climate change: A pilot study of young people’s perceptions of ICT-based climate visualization
2016 (English)In: Climatic Change, ISSN 0165-0009, E-ISSN 1573-1480, Vol. 134, no 1, 73-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Climate change can be difficult for laypeople to make sense of, because of its complexity, the uncertainties involved and its distant impacts. Research has identified the potentials of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for visualizing and communicating climate change to lay audiences and thus addressing these communication challenges.However, little research has focused on how ICT-based visualization affects audiences’ understandings of climate change. Employing a semiotic framework and through a combination of focus group interviews and mindmap exercises, we investigated how Swedish students make sense of climate messages presented through an ICT-based visualisation medium; a dome theatre movie. The paper concludes that visualization in immersive environments works well to concretize aspects of climate change and provide a starting point for reflection, but we argue that the potential to add interactive elements should be further explored, as interaction has the potential to influence meaning-making processes. In addition, audiences’ preconceptions of climate change influence their interpretations of climate messages, which may function as a constraint to climate communication.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016. Vol. 134, no 1, 73-85 p.
Climate change communication, meaning, semiotics, ICT-based visualization, lay audience, dome theatre
Communication Studies Human Aspects of ICT Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122796DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1533-9ISI: 000367198900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-122796DiVA: diva2:873221
ProjectsNordic Top-level Research Initiative through the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR)Vetenskapsrådet / Swedish Research Council project no. 2008-1723
FunderNordic Council of MinistersSwedish Research Council, 2008-1723
Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council [2008-1723]; Nordic Top-level Research Initiative through the Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptation Research (NORD-STAR)2015-11-232015-11-232016-07-14