An Analysis of the Narrative-Building Features of Interactive Sea Level Rise Viewers

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2014
Date published: 12/2014
Authors: S. Stephens, D. DeLorme, S. Hagen
Journal title: Science Communication
Volume: 36
Issue: 6
Pages: 675-705
ISSN: 1075-5470

Interactive sea level rise viewers (ISLRVs) are map-based visualization tools that display projections of sea level rise scenarios to communicate their impacts on coastal areas. Information visualization research suggests that as users interact with such tools they construct personalized narratives of their experience. We argue that attention to narrative-building features in ISLRVs can improve communication effectiveness by promoting user engagement and discovery. A content analysis that focuses on the presence and characteristics of narrative-building features in a purposive sample of 20 ISLRVs is conducted. We also identify particular areas where these ISLRVs could be improved as narrative-building tools.

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