Graphs or Cartoons – which works better?

Here are the next images accompanying the 2014 Global Carbon Budget Report.

They constitute somewhat of an experiment for the team behind the report, as cartoons have not been used to communicate the research before. There’s an interesting article here unpicking in more detail what the images represent, and also discussing the potential for cartoons to provide an effective alternative/complement to diagrams as a means of communicating complex ideas in simplified form. In fact, if you follow the link you are also invited to offer your own thoughts on whether you feel the experiment has worked… So do cartoons have a place in scientific research? What might they offer that diagrams can’t, and vice versa? 

You can follow latest updates from the project on twitter @gcarbonproject

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