Climate Tweetoscope

When the media or us talk about climate change, we mean temperatures, storms, droughts, cyclones, polar bears ;  while the researchers talk about observations, circulation models, temperature anomalies

But do the concerns of scientists sometime converge with those of the general public and media? This is what you can see thanks to climate Tweetoscope which offers interactive exploration of topics related to climate change and its consequences. Analyzing news in the web since May 2015 with Twitter as a proxy, the Tweetoscope aims to provide an evolving collective representation of questions and debates on this major societal issue.

This platform is exposed until March 30, 2016 at the exhibition Climate 360° of the Museum Cité des Science et de l’Industrie in Paris. Throughout the exhibition, the team of ISC-PIF invites you to contribute to its evolution through fun and educational applications.

Visualizations proposed by Tweetoscope will be updated based on contributions.

The Climate tweetoscope is now coupled with the digital art work Stalagmemes

Two ways of representing information

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Greenhouse gas emissions and their regulation

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Impacts on populations

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Agriculture and food supply

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Water resources and water supply for populations

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Impact on oceans (sea level, acidification, etc.) and on marine ecosystems

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Elevated temperature events and phenomena

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Impacts on terrestrial ecosystems

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Impacts on plants and forest ecosystems

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Models of climate change

Thematic view of Tweetoscope. This view allows you to explore the scientific literature (over 200,000 articles analyzed over 30 years).

Specific terms to research on climate change have been identified and are represented with a size proportional to the number of publications mentioning them.

Links between terms are drawn when they are frequently placed in relationship by researchers.This information is used to dispose them according to their thematic proximity.

A color is assigned to each major research theme like “greenhouse gases”, “water resources and irrigation”, “rising temperatures” …

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Area which attracts higher attention on the Web than in scientific publication  (measured in terms of total proportion of publications).

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Forest ecosystems : area which attracts higher attention in academic literature than on the Web  (measured in terms of total proportion of publications).

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Water cycle : area which attracts higher attention in academic literature than on the Web  (measured in terms of total proportion of publications).

View “Web Attention”. This view compares, on the same subject, the attention paid by scientists and that granted by the web (mainly media and public opinion). The interest of the web is measured daily since May 2015 through the Twitter platform.

The analysis of several million Tweets per month and the study of the related web pages (news articles, blog posts, etc.) makes it possible to measure if some topics are over-represented or under-represented relative to the attention granted by scientists.

In this view, the size of a term is based on the proportion of documents associated with it (from all communities): scientists, media and public opinion. The color indicates the communities that are predominantly mentioning a term: blue for the web (media and public), orange / red for the scientific community, green when equal attention is given by all these communities.

Authors

  • David Chavalarias, CNRS-CAMS/ISC-PIF, Principal investigator and maps of science,
  • Samuel Castillo, CNRS-ISC-PIF, interactive visualizations and front end,
  • Maziyar Panahi, CNRS/ISC-PIF, big data processing and back-end.

Supports

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