Project: Fulbright NEXUS Map of Stories
New stories of climate change impacts and local adaptations emerge daily, both in local news and academic publications. However, the information from local news and academic research rarely inform each other. I led a group of international scholars from North and South America in the Fulbright NEXUS program, a collaboration of academics in the Americas working on climate and energy issues, to create and build an interactive database and map highlighting both individual stories and research. With researchers and meetings based in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, the US, and Canada, we collected news media and personal accounts that humanized and translated important research happening throughout the arctic, Andes, coasts, and cities, using a simple interactive map interface.
The platform was publicly available and user friendly, promoting the exchange of knowledge between traditionally separate academic researchers and local practitioners. We used the map interface to illustrate the nexus of science and story, connecting scientific data and citizen testimonials of climate change.
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