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Krill looks and feelers: a dialogue on expanding perceptions of climate change data


Roberts, L and Nicol, S, Krill looks and feelers: a dialogue on expanding perceptions of climate change data, Polar Record, 1, (2) pp. 251-264. ISSN 0032-2474 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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In order to stir action on climate change, people beyond the scientific community need to make sense of the relevant data. When scientific data are expressed aesthetically, an appeal is made to our senses, which in turn leads us to attend to reason. This article examines the process of collaboration between artists and scientists. Moreover, the article itself, written in the voices of an artist and a scientist, is an example of one form of cross-disciplinary collaboration. It focuses on the case of Antarctic krill – key creatures in the marine food web that must be specially understood. The combination of artistic and scientific methods, and the use of new digital imaging methods, enable the representation of krill as beautiful living creatures rather than mere dots on a computer screen. This collaborative process exemplifies the kind of shift towards collective knowledge production that is a necessary part of communicating climate change data.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:krill, Antarctic
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Nicol, S (Dr Stephen Nicol)
ID Code:80293
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-10-26
Last Modified:2012-11-02
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