Related Event: Visualising the future of our planet – Can we do better than heat maps?

16th & 17th April 2012
Pitt Building, Cambridge Uk.

Funded by Microsoft Research Connections

Organised by Greg McInerny

Sketchnotes by Francis Rowland:

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2 day crucible workshop to address to coalesce a unique community of expertise (Scientists, Designers, Computer Scientists, and Cartographers) to discuss how we can visually communicate the ecological and environmental future of our planet.

Society faces immense challenges to manage our Natural World & Global Environment in order to support a massive future Human population (9 billion by 2100?). Science that predicts ecological futures is coming online, but ecology and environmental sciences lack strategies for communicating that information. These are situations the Earth has never seen before. How do we communicate this at the science-policy interface, to that massive global population, or even to other scientists?  How do we visualise uncertainty?Can we do better than heat maps?


Greg McInerny, Microsoft Research – “Introduction” –

David Spiegelhalter, University of Cambridge – “Uncertainty and Visualising Uncertainty” –

Moritz Stefaner, freelance designer – “Truth and Beauty Operation” –

Drew Purves, Microsoft Research –  “Future Scenarios, Predictions and Environmental Modelling” –

Joaquín Hortal, Natural History Museum, Madrid. “Uncertainty and Biogeographic data” –

Min Chen, University of Oxford. – “Reducing dimensionality for scientific visualisation and visualising uncertainty” –

Miriah Meyer, University of Utah – “Interfacing with Scientists”  –


Gregor Aisch, David Alderson, Lisa Evans, Mark Freeman, Robin Freeman, Peter Gassner, Sean Hanna, Jack Harrison, Benjamin Henning, Tim Jupp, Lindsay Lee, Vassily Lyutsarev, Ayman Mogniegh, Rod Page, Mike Pearson, Drew Purves, Tim Regan, Francis Rowland, Ian Short


McInerny, G J, Chen, M, Freeman, R, Gavaghan, D, Meyer, M, Rowland, F, Spiegelhalter, D. J, Stefaner, M, Tessarolo, G, & Hortal, J. (in review). Information visualization at the science-policy interface – engaging users & avoiding bias. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.