There is a mine of information; a rich reservoir of possibilities for science, society, and economic activities whose development has to do with the conditions of the present and future climate. These data and information can greatly enrich the work of administrators called to plan the management of the territory, as well as the knowledge of those working to deal with, prevent, and avoid the negative effects brought by the intensity and frequency of weather events which, until recently, we were not accustomed to.
It’s a mine of information that affects all people who want to know the risks and opportunities related to climate change.
It’s a living reservoir, which grows and is continually refined thanks to the collaboration between the climate sciences – whose research produces models, simulations, and scenarios to analyze the future climate – and the supercomputer and technological innovation, increasingly sophisticated, powerful and innovative scale computers, which are capable of processing vast amounts of data faster than ever before. The evolution of supercomputers brings to science the opportunity to carry out frontier research and to produce increasingly detailed information on climate change and its interactions with the environment, economic activities, and people’s health.
But there is a problem concerning the language: how do we translate this information into a language that is understandable to a diverse group of recipients? How do we find a way to describe the main contents of this vast and complex mine of data in order to make them understandable and interesting to the public and to those who have an interest to learn more about the climate?
We look for the answer to these questions through a dialogue between scientists and the media: both are called to face this challenge from which they cannot back away. We’ll talk about these issues and attempt to display the climate data in innovative ways (such as Lancelot, the web application designed to provide an interactive, dynamic and integrated visualization of climate data on maps for a vast and differentiated audience, and Climate Policy Observer, the new ICCG web portal on climate and energy policies) and we’ll discuss how it is possible to identify new languages, inhabiting the media- from TV to web, from print media to videogames – which are potentially capable of opening the enormous door and invaluable reservoir of information on climate.
Treasure hunt in the mine of data
Innovation, knowledge and climate communication
Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia
Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin
The event will be in Italian
How do we find a way to describe the main contents of the vast and complex mine of scientific data in order to make them understandable and interesting to the public and policymakers who want to know the risks and opportunities related to climate change?
A dialogue between scientists and the media with: Stefano Caserini (Politecnico di Milano / Climalteranti), Silvio Gualdi (CMCC), Loris Mazzetti (Rai3 // Che Tempo che fa), Luca Mercalli (Società Meteorologica Italiana // FIMA), Valerio Gualerzi (La Repubblica), Fabio Viola (DigitalFun), Aurora D’Aprile (International Center for Climate Governance), Enrica De Cian (FEEM).
The event will take place on Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia (Aula Magna Silvio Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin).
The event will be in italian.
- Stefano Caserini – Politecnico di Milano / Climalteranti
- Silvio Gualdi – CMCC
- Loris Mazzetti – Rai3 // Che Tempo che fa
- Luca Mercalli – Società Meteorologica Italiana // FIMA
- Valerio Gualerzi – La Repubblica
- Fabio Viola – DigitalFun
- Aurora D’Aprile – International Center for Climate Governance
- Enrica De Cian – FEEM