Since being chosen as a UGA Public Service and Outreach Fellow in fall 2013, I have been fortunate to collaborate in the joint work of Georgia Sea Grant, Marine Extension Service and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA as they address sea level rise issues and hazards related to extreme weather events in Georgia and North Carolina coastal communities. These NOAA-funded projects aim to help governments plan, assess vulnerabilities in their communities, educate the public, and adapt policies in preparation for impending economic and environmental change. As part of the project team, I endeavor to use effective visual design as intermediary in making the complex clear, enhancing understanding and building trust between government entities and the governed.
Much of the work I've done involves visualizing complex information such as historical and predicted sea level rise for non-science audiences including the local community stakeholders who were making decisions—based on the information provided from the project team—about what methods their town will use to prepare for increasing coastal hazards.
Above: Cover and interior page design for Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan final report.
Below: spreads from Tybee Island Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan final report.
Visualizing Global Sea Level Rise: explorations
below: Visualizing data and information for public presentations:
Details from Executive Summary Report: Flood Vulnerability in St. Marys