27 Mar '12, 3pm

Those seeking new ways to visualize Earth systems can start with @adamnieman's great work: #digiplanet #planet2012

I recently became aware of fascinating efforts by Adam Nieman to help society appreciate environmental challenges in fresh ways by visualizing volumes that are otherwise abstractions. In 2003 he created the image above, illustrating the volume of the world’s oceans and atmosphere (if the air were all at sea-level density) by rendering them as spheres sitting next to the Earth instead of spread out over its surface. To my eye, this helps powerfully convey the finite nature of these shared global assets. In general, I think there’s great merit in conceiving and testing new ways to communicate visually on the keystone issues of this blog (energy and climate, population and consumption, the relationship between humans and other life). Click here for his globe showing all the world’s land types as “islands” (and note how tiny the urban islet is).

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/25/new-ways-to-...

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