F&ES 603b / 2019-2020

Environmental Data Visualization & Communication

Credits: 3

Spring 2020: M, 10:30-12:20, Bowers

Welcome to the Information Age. Data production is growing at 50 percent per year, or more than doubling every two years. We are not only producing more data from existing sources, we are also constantly creating entirely new streams of data, whether statistical, text, audio, video, sensor, or biometric. Yet our ability to access, manage, understand, and synthesize all this data is extremely limited. Visualization is a powerful means of enhancing our cognitive abilities to learn from data, especially when informed by insights into human behavior and social systems. While developing the quantitative skills necessary for analyzing Big Data is important, understanding how to effectively explore and communicate insights from data—whether big or small—is equally essential for policy makers, researchers, and practitioners alike.