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Visual Climate Change Communication: From Iconography To Locally Framed 3D Visualization

Schroth, O.; Angel, J.; Dulic, A.; Sheppard, S. (2014)

Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 8 (4), S. 413–432.
DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2014.906478

Peer Reviewed

Climate change is an urgent problem with implications registered notonly globally, but also on national and local scales. It is a particularly challenging case of environmental communication because its main cause, greenhouse gas emissions, is invisible. The predominant approach of making climate change visible is the use of iconic, often affective, imagery. Literature on the iconography of climate change shows that global iconic motifs, such as polar bears, have contributed to a public perception of the problem as spatially and temporally remote. This paper proposesan alternative approach to global climate change icons by focusing on recognizable representations of local impacts within an interactive game environment. This approach was implemented and tested in a research project based on the municipality of Delta, British Columbia. A major outcome of the research is Future Delta, an interactive educational gamefeaturing 3-D visualizations and simulation tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation future scenarios. The empirical evaluation is based on quantitative pre/post game play questionnaires with 24 students and 10 qualitative expert interviews. The findings support the assumption that interactive 3D imagery is effective in communicating climate change. The quantitative post-questionnaires particularly highlight a shift in support of more local responsibility.


Landscape visualization and modelling and its role in planning, managing and protecting landscapes

Schroth, O. (2014)

Invited keynote at the E-CLIC Conference, Edinburgh, UK 2014.

Augmented Landform – An Educational Augmented Reality Tool for Landscape Architecture Students

Schroth, O.; Zhang, C. (2014)

Herausgeber: E. B. Christophe Girot, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Ulrike Wissen Hayek (Ed.), Peer Reviewed Proceedings of Digital Landscape Architecture 2014 at ETH Zurich. Wichmann Verlag: Offenbach & Berlin, S. 383–390.

Climate change visioning: Effective processes for advancing the policy and practice of local adaptation

Burch, S.; Sheppard, S.; Pond, E.; Schroth, O. (2013)

Herausgeber: Moser, S. and Boykoff, M. (eds.). Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking science and policy in a rapidly changing world. London: Routledge 2013, S. 270-286.

Shared learning on adapting to climate change in south-east British Columbia, Canada

Cohen, S.; Laurie, M.; Liepa, I.; Murdock, T.; Pearce, C.; Pond, E.; Schroth, O....

Herausgeber: Palutikof, J., Boulter, S.L., Ash, A.J., Smith, M.S., Parry, M., Waschka, M., Guitart, D. (eds.) Climate Adaptation Futures. 1st ed. Gold Coast, Australia: John Wiley & Sons, S. 177-189.

Energielandschaften. Räumliche Modellierung von Energiepotenzialen auf regionaler Eben

Schroth, O. (2013)

Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung ARL Kongress 2013, Hamburg, Germany.

Best Practices – Designs Boosting Urban Climate Change

Schroth, O. (2013)

Invited talk at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) – Integrating Climate into Action, Hamburg, Germany 2013.

Spatial Modeling for Community Renewable Energy Planning: Case Studies in British Columbia, Canada

Schroth, O.; Pond, E.; Tooke, R.; Flanders, D.; Sheppard, S. (2012)

Herausgeber: Stremke, S. and van den Dobbelsteen, A. (eds.) Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning, and Development. Netherlands: Taylor & Francis, S. 311–334.

Tool or Toy? Virtual Globes in Landscape Planning

Schroth, O.; Pond, E.; Campbell, C.; Cizek, P.; Bohus, S.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

Future Internet 3 (4), S. 204-227.
DOI: 10.3390/fi3040204

Open Access Peer Reviewed

Virtual globes, i.e., geobrowsers that integrate multi-scale and temporal data from various sources and are based on a globe metaphor, have developed into serious tools that practitioners and various stakeholders in landscape and community planning have started using. Although these tools originate from Geographic Information Systems (GIS), they have become a different, potentially interactive and public tool set, with their own specific limitations and new opportunities. Expectations regarding their utility as planning and community engagement tools are high, but are tempered by both technical limitations and ethical issues [1,2]. Two grassroots campaigns and a collaborative visioning process, the Kimberley Climate Adaptation Project case study (British Columbia), illustrate and broaden our understanding of the potential benefits and limitations associated with the use of virtual globes in participatory planning initiatives. Based on observations, questionnaires and in-depth interviews with stakeholders and community members using an interactive 3D model of regional climate change vulnerabilities, potential impacts, and possible adaptation and mitigation scenarios in Kimberley, the benefits and limitations of virtual globes as a tool for participatory landscape planning are discussed. The findings suggest that virtual globes can facilitate access to geospatial information, raise awareness, and provide a more representative virtual landscape than static visualizations. However,
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landscape is not equally representative at all scales, and not all types of users seem to benefit equally from the tool. The risks of misinterpretation can be managed by integrating the application and interpretation of virtual globes into face-to-face planning processes.


Google Earth as Tool in Planning Sustainable Communities (Extended Abstract)

Schroth, O.; Pond, E.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

CHI 2011, Vancouver, May 7-12, 2011.

The Scholarship of Transdisciplinary Action Research, invited panel speaker

Schroth, O. (2011)

CELA Annual Conference (Urban Nature), Los Angeles, March 30 – April 4, 2011.

Multiple-Case Study of Landscape Visualizations as a Tool in Transdisciplinary Planning Workshops

Schroth, O.; Wissen, U.; Lange, E.; Schmid, W. (2011)

Landscape Journal 30 (1), S. 53–71.
DOI: 10.3368/lj.30.1.53

Peer Reviewed

Future Delta Motivating Climate Change Action Grounded in Place

Dulic, A.; Schroth, O.; Shirley, M.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

Entertainment Computing − ICEC 2011: 10th International Conference, ICEC 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 5-8, 2011, Proceedings (1st ed.). Springer, S. 228-234.

Model-based Visualization of Future Forest Landscapes

Schroth, O.; Pond, E.; Paar, P.; Muir-Owen, S.; Campbell, C.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

Poster presented at SIGGRAPH 2011, Vancouver.

Integration of Spatial Outputs from Mathematical Models in Climate Change Visioning Tools for Community-Decision Making on the Landscape Scale

Schroth, O.; Pond, E.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

Herausgeber: Buhmann, E., Ervin, S., Tomlin, D., and M. Pietsch (eds.), Teaching Landscape Architecture, Proc. at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Bernburg & Dessau, S. 246-255.

4D Visioning for Climate Change Decision-Making: A Canadian Multiple-Case Study

Schroth, O.; Cornish, L.; Pond, E.; Tatebe, K.; Sheppard, S. (2011)

GEOIDE ASM 2011, Toronto, May 16-17, 2011.

From Information to Participation − Interactive Landscape Visualization as a Tool in Transdisciplinary Landscape Planning Workshops

Schroth, O. (2011)

CELA Annual Conference (Urban Nature), Los Angeles, March 30 – April 4, 2011.

Climate Change and a Small Mountain Town: Visualizing a Rural Community's Climate Impacts, Adaptations and Mitigation

Pond, E.; Liepa, I.; Schroth, O.; Muir-Owen, S.; Sheppard, S. (2010)

Canadian Institute of Planners 2010 Annual Conference. Climate Change and Communities: Call to Action, October 3, Montreal.

Shared Learning on Adapting to Climate Change: Experiences from Columbia Basin Trust − Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative

Cohen, S.; Laurie, M.; Liepa, I.; Pearce, C.; Pond, E.; Schroth, O. (2010)

2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Gold Coast Australia, July 29, 2010.

Local Climate Change GIS-databased Visioning Tools for Community Decision-Making

Schroth, O.; Pond, E. (2010)

ESRI User Conference 2010, San Diego, July 14, 2010.

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