Behind the Scenes of the Earth Observatory

Using Science to Communicate Science

Since 1999 NASA’s Earth Observatory has produced more than 12,000 data visualizations, images, and maps. To do so, we have adopted an approach that enables us to be both consumers and producers of science. In other words: we use science to inform how we communicate science.

This presentation was given today as part of NASA Goddard’s Information Science & Technology colloquium series. During this time, I provided an overview of the Earth Observatory and our approach to science communication. I gave special attention to the use of color for quantitative data visualization and the interplay between light and shadow on the interpretation of shaded relief maps.

You can view the presentation below, or at Speaker Deck.

As always, if you have any comments or questions please get in touch!