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When glaciers feel the heat
After several months working on projects that focused on the heavens, I was brought back to Earth with a bump (or, with a soft crunch of freshly melted snow) by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
NERC wanted an infographic to illustrate a joint UK-US research programme that will investigate ice-loss in the Antarctic. The five-year mission (to seek out new life and new civilisa... sorry, wrong mission) is a joint venture between the U.S. National Science Foundation and NERC to investigate what is causing ice loss at Thwaites Glacier.
Thwaites Glacier and Pine Island Glacier are two of the biggest and fastest-retreating in Antarctica. If both were to collapse, global sea levels could rise by over a metre. Without them, the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet could be more likely to collapse, leading global sea levels to rise by over three metres. Which makes understanding what is causing their collapse and understanding how this will affect global sea levels really quite important.
You can read more about the project here.
NERC contacted me to create an infographic poster (for use at public events) along with a version for publication in their Planet Earth magazine (which is great, by the way, and free to download) – and they also wanted a series of social media-friendly pullouts.
Once again, NERC trusted me to lead the research, writing and (of course) the illustrations and everyone (including myself) was happy with the finished product.
You can download a full-fat PDF of the poster here.
Infographics are an incredibly powerful tool for communicating complex ideas to customers, the public, or to policy makers.
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Ben Gilliland is a freelance science writer, graphic journalist, illustrator and author with more than 20 years of experience. This is where he talks about work he has done... on the off-chance anyone is interested.