Creating Intuitive, Engaging Visualization: Color Tools and Strategies for Quickly and Easily Creating Visualizations Revealing Data and Communicating Science

Session ID#: 78405

Session Description:
The environmental sciences have an urgent need to communicate complex multivariate environmental data in an engaging, intuitive visualizations able to connect with a wide range of audiences.

As the size and complexity of data increases, tools facilitating effective knowledge extraction and communication of scientific data become evermore important. While color has always played a large role in scientific data visualization, its full potential remains untapped.

Samsel, trained as a visual artist, brings her expertise, perspective, and experience working with environmental scientists, presenting the resources, tools and guidance developed to enable scientists to quickly and easily identify color solutions tailored to the specific structures in their data, their science domain and visualization goals.

She will discuss strategies and recommendations for visualization color and design solutions enabling scientists can quickly and easily create clear intuitive visualizations able to engage and communicate to their peers as well as the public.

Also presented will be freely available resources, developed for scientific visualization and the environmental sciences.  A preview of the topics to be discussed can be found at, a website providing tools, guidance and colormaps, color sets, and ColorMoves an interactive interface for using color in scientific visualization.

  • ED - Education, Outreach and Policy
  • OM - Ocean Modeling
  • SI - Social-Ocean Science Interactions and SDGs
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Primary Presenter:  Francesca Samsel, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center, Austin, TX, United States
Moderators:  Robert F Chen, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, United States and Ngozi Margaret Oguguah, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Fisheries Resources, Lagos, Nigeria

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