Negative Space: A new way to look at our plots

Today’s post will short due to the holidays.

The historically reconstructed growing season length in chesapeake Bay.

Figure 1: An example of a typical plot for this project. This style of plot will be used in out science reports.

If you follow SciencePensieve on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed our recent #changingchesapeake social media campaign.

We have been trying out, and showing off, a few images depicting the historical changes in Frost Days and Growing Season Length. For the campaign, we have been using a variation of the images typically displayed on here (Figure 1).

Our partner, Dave Jasinski, has re-imagined these figures so that the backgrounds are colored and the trend line is white…that is the opposite of what I have been displaying. It also displays just one trend line representing the Chesapeake Bay-wide mean. Both plots show the same information, just in a different way.

These new plots also include a small fact that is Tweetable (≤ 144 characters). We hope to use these images for outreach purposes.

Here are a few examples below!

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Tell us what you think!

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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