Getting a paper accepted is a massive relief, but it often comes with its own frantic rush. Organise media! Write a research brief! Update publication databases!
Creating visual accompaniments often slides to the bottom of this list, but in an increasingly visual world filled with under-resourced journalists, this bullet point can have a massive impact on your paper’s success.
In this talk, I discuss the different ways visuals can be used to promote and explain research findings and review some of the tools that can help you quickly throw a visual together. I also discuss future plans for Explore Climdex, a storytelling tool I developed in 2018 that could be used to present interactive stories with gridded data. The end of this talk will be a discussion on the possible ways Explore Climdex could be developed for other researchers.
James is a climate researcher and data scientist with a focus on visualising climate change. As a Knowledge Broker for CLEX and the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, James advises communication specialists on climate science issues, helps climate scientists find communication and collaboration opportunities, and builds tools for managing climate data and visualising climate change. Before he joined CLEX and the MCCCRH, James completed a PhD at the Climate Change Research Centre on the public health impacts of Australian heat extremes.