I started day two of AGU with a talk by Robert Simmon (@rsimmon) on art, aesthetics, design, and data visualization and communication with the public. He featured some of Earth Observatory’s most popular photos / infographics and walked us through why they work. He continued to emphasize thinking about how the audience’s brain and eyes will look at the data presented. Poorly displayed data is a problem in science. I would like to cover design more, so I’m going to save my comments for a future post.
Heather Savage gave a talk about frictional heating of organics in the core recovered by the JFAST expedition. We can’t tell if the heating is from the Tohuku earthquake, but the rocks were certainly heated.
The highlight of the day was James Cameron’s talk discussing his deep sea dive.
He gave a great talk discussing the design, engineering, and building of the submersible. Then he talked about some of his experiences on the dive. There was great video to go along with his talk. James is definitely a scientist, he had a complete understanding of what he was talking about and was very good at conveying that information.
Another fantastic talk was by Ross Stein on global earthquake hazard awareness. That was one of the best talks I’ve ever heard. Ross is a great story teller.
The afternoon held some blogger talks. Chris Rowan (@Allochthonous) convinced us all to get twitter accounts.
I popped over to the geothermal talks to see some awesome 3D data visualization in the UC Davis KECKCave.