SLIDESHOW: The Art of Visualizing Climate Change

Graphics and game designers translate climate science into interactive visual media.

This week we’ve taken a spin inside POLARSEEDS, a new exhibit at the City College of New York open through next week, that uses visual and audio art—from photographs to “sonifications“—to explain the science behind Greenland’s melting glaciers. In this last dispatch, graphic designer Ina Saltz explains how artists can translate scientific data into lush visualizations—”an art and a science all of its own,” she says. Meanwhile, game designer Ethan Ham tries his luck at “The Polar Game,” a custom-built video game where players manipulate cloud cover to keep rising seas at bay.

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