Public engagement with climate imagery in a changing digital landscape

  title={Public engagement with climate imagery in a changing digital landscape},
  author={Susie Wang and Adam Corner and Daniel A. Chapman and Ezra M. Markowitz},
  journal={Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change},
Despite extensive exploration into the use of language in climate change communication, our understanding of the use of visual images, and how they relate to public perceptions of climate change, is less developed. A limited set of images have come to represent climate change, but rapid changes in the digital landscape, in the way media and information are created, conveyed, and consumed has changed the way climate change is visualized. We review the use of climate imagery in digital media… 

Aesthetic practices in the climate crisis: Intervening in consensual frameworks of the sensible through images

Abstract Previous research has shown that Western visual journalism has represented climate change through certain repetitive and stereotypical imagery mainly consisting of catastrophic images of

Communicating about Climate Change Through Art and Science

The chapter reviews recent evidence of, and debates about, the integration of art, entertainment, and media in media portrayals (e.g., movies, photographs, theater, music, performance art, museums,

Visual narratives of environmental change: collective memory and identity at New Zealand heritage sites

This article interrogates historical photographs exhibited at public heritage sites in Aotearoa New Zealand. The analysis reveals that – by portraying 19th-century environmental change as a ‘heroic’

Evidence-based communication on climate change and health: Testing videos, text, and maps on climate change and Lyme disease in Manitoba, Canada

Public attitudes regarding communication tools focused on climate change and climate-affected Lyme disease are explored through six focus groups in rural and urban southern Manitoba, Canada, adding to the growing evidence of the efficacy of visual and storytelling methods in climate communications.

The social media life of climate change: Platforms, publics, and future imaginaries

Social media is a transformative digital technology, collapsing the “six degrees of separation” which have previously characterized many social networks, and breaking down many of the barriers to

Focus groups and serious gaming in climate change communication research—A methodological review

This article explores the methodological challenges and opportunities of climate change communication research in a digital landscape. It scrutinizes the potential and limitations of combining

Voicing and Visualizing Change: Perceptions of Environmental Heritage in the Baltic Sea Region

To address “wicked problems” that threaten the good ecological status of the Baltic Sea such as climate change with diverse stakeholder values and complex solutions, new interdisciplinary knowledge

Visualizing climate change: the role of construal level, emotional valence, and visual literacy

This study examines how the level of concreteness and abstraction of climate change imagery influences people’s responses via emotional valence, and how such effect is moderated by people’s visual

Climate change and migration in the UK news media: How the story is told

This research article explores the textual and visual representations of climate change induced migration within online news media in the UK. This article innovates in two-senses: it demonstrates how



Climate change and visual imagery

Many actors—including scientists, journalists, artists, and campaigning organizations—create visualizations of climate change. In doing so, they evoke climate change in particular ways, and make the

On the use of imagery for climate change engagement

Climate change in the British press: the role of the visual

The present investigation identifies the key images that British newspapers use to represent climate change risks. In doing so, it widens the scope of the burgeoning literature analysing textual

Making climate change visible: A critical role for landscape professionals

Promoting Positive Engagement With Climate Change Through Visual and Iconic Representations

Fear-inducing representations of climate change are widely employed in the public domain. However, there is a lack of clarity in the literature about the impacts that fearful messages in climate

Visualizing Climate Change: Television News and Ecological Citizenship

Television images can provide powerful symbols of ecological disaster. As Ulrich Beck notes (2009: 86) the catastrophic consequences of climate change must be made visible not only to enhance