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Teaching climate change: Creating and testing an interactive visualization of carbon emissions in order to increase awareness
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att lära ut klimatförändring (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

A gap of knowledge exists between the latest climate change research and the general public. The goal of this thesis is to bridge that gap by making the information more accessible and easier to understand. A proof-of-concept model is created with the goal to visualize carbon emission data, namely size relations between countries, source of emissions per country and the current state of carbon emissions compared to a stated goal (the Paris Agreement), and give the user options to reach said goal by manipulating percentages of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and industry, on a global or local scale.User studies are then performed with members of the target group (students age 13-15) to test whether these visualizations are intuitive and accurately communicates the visualized data. The studies are effective and the goal of the visualization is reached.

Abstract [sv]

Det finns en informationslucka mellan den nyaste forskningen inom klimatförändring och den allmänna befolkningen. Målet med denna tes är att minska luckan genom att göra den informationen lättare att förstå. En proof-of-concept modell skapas med målet att visualisera kolutsläppsdata, specifikt storleksförhållanden mellan olika länder, utsläppskällor för olika länder, samt det nuvarande läget av kolutsläpp jämfört med ett framtida mål (Paris Agreement), och att ge användaren alternativ för att uppnå det målet genom att manipulera procenten av förnyelsebar energi, elektriska fordon och industri, antingen globalt eller lokalt.Användarstudier utförs därefter med medlemmar av målgruppen (studenter 13-15 år gamla) för att se om visualiseringen är intuitiv och kommunicerar korrekt information om den visualiserade datan. Användarstudien är effektiv och visar att målet för visualiseringen är uppnått.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 65
Series
TRITA-EECS-EX ; 2018:573
Keywords [en]
Interaction, Design, Educational, Climate, Climate change, Unity
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Interaction Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-238635OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-238635DiVA, id: diva2:1260967
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Computer Science
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
Presentation
2018-02-19, VIC Studio, KTH, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved

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