Developing a multi-scale visualisation framework for use in climate change response

Pettit, Christopher, Bishop, Ian, Sposito, Victor, Aurambout, Jean-Philippe and Sheth, Falak 2012, Developing a multi-scale visualisation framework for use in climate change response, Landscape ecology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 487-508, doi: 10.1007/s10980-012-9716-5.

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Title Developing a multi-scale visualisation framework for use in climate change response
Author(s) Pettit, Christopher
Bishop, Ian
Sposito, Victor
Aurambout, Jean-Philippe
Sheth, Falak
Journal name Landscape ecology
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 487
End page 508
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 0921-2973
Keyword(s) Digital globes
Systems thinking
Climate change
Landscape planning
Landscape visualisation
Summary Climate change is predicted to impact countries, regions and localities differently. However, common to the predicted impacts is a global trend toward increased levels of carbon dioxide and rising sea levels. Governments and communities need to take into account the likely impacts of climate on the landscape, both built and natural. There is a growing and significant body of climate change research. Much of this information produced by domain experts for a range of disciplines is complex and difficult for planners, decision makers and communities to act upon. The need to communicate often complex scientific information which can be used to assist in the planning cycle is a key challenge. This paper draws from a range of international examples of the use of visualisation in the context of landscape planning to communicate climate change impact and adaptation options within the context of the planning cycle. Missing from the literature, however, is a multi-scalar approach which allows decision makers, planners and communities to seamlessly explore scenarios at their special level of interest, as well as to collectively understand what is driving these at a larger scale, and what the implications are at ever more local levels. Visualisation tools such as digital globes provide one way to bring together multi-scaled spatial–temporal datasets. We present an initial development with this goal in mind. Future research is required to determine the best tools for communicating particular complex scientific data and also to better understand how visualisation can be used to improve the landscape planning process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10980-012-9716-5
Field of Research 049999 Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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