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Resilient Connections Storymap: Capturing Personal Stories Behind the Science

Climate Science Alliance - Science, Media, and Art Intern Audrey Carver - worked alongside the Connecting Wildlands and Communities team and partners to translate the science and stories behind this project into an hand illustrated storymap. Diver deeper into Resilient Connections today!

Resilient Connections: A Community Approach to Understanding Climate Impacts Across Natural and Human Landscapes

Art inspired by the Connecting Wildlands and Communities Project

Connected landscapes play an important role in climate resilient natural lands. In 2018, an interdisciplinary team, led by the Institute for Ecological Monitoring and Management at San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance, set out to explore how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both natural ecosystems and local human communities in Southern California. Using an integrative approach, the team of planners, environmental engineers, ecologists, and geographers are looking to better understand how we can optimize decision making around protecting human communities, mitigating wildfire risk, supporting water sustainability, and protecting biodiversity in the wildland-urban interface. As a Climate Science Alliance Science, Media, and Art Intern, Audrey Carver worked alongside the Connecting Wildlands and Communities team and partners to translate the themes and results of this work into the storymap you see here.

Resilient Connections Storymap:

Artist Statement:

It is always a joy to work with the Climate Science Alliance. Their dedication to making science accessible makes for the perfect collaboration platform. This most recent project illustrates the personal stories behind the Connecting Wildlands and Communities research. I attended technical advisory group meetings as well as interviewed researchers, stakeholders, and practitioners about why their work matters and how the Connecting Wildlands and Communities data will be implemented on the ground. We talked about loss, hope, challenge, and change. My goal with this piece was to show that this research does more than assess the current situation, but also works as a tool to understand how change will affect our communities and what we can do to help. The stories behind this project are heartfelt, passionate, and hopeful. I hope that you enjoy.


About the Artist:

Audrey Carver

CSA Science, Media, Art Intern

Audrey Carver is a painter and multimedia artist from the small town of Idyllwild, California. She works in illustration, painting, muralism, and design to examine how people interact with their environment. She is currently studying art and environmental anthropology at Tufts University and has worked with multiple environmental and community-based organizations to help communicate their research and use art as a tool for communication. She has exhibited in California, Boston, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. She is also an avid surfer, and has a deep affinity for fish tacos.

As the Science, Art, and Media Development Intern, Audrey works with Climate Kids to develop fun and engaging art content that inspires youth to care for our natural world and the Connecting Wildlands and Communities Team to communicate the importance of their work.


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