ICF International helped develop a new climate change exhibit for the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. The mission of the museum is “to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives.” The museum’s exhibits and outreach programs aim to stimulate discussion and show how science supports decision making.
The climate change exhibit, “Earth Lab: Degrees of Change,” officially opened in fall 2011. It improves on the prior climate change exhibit by focusing to a greater extent on adaptation and mitigation strategies; incorporating updated datasets; and providing additional information on vulnerabilities, impacts, and contributing factors. The exhibit includes many graphic and text-based static panels as well as several interactive, multimedia components—including a one-of-a-kind decision-making model that simulates U.S. priorities and mitigation strategies to achieve a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal.
ICF supported the exhibit update by conducting research to identify usable data, images, National Research Council quotes, and National Academies-supported content; reviewing, editing, and drafting new content for scientific accuracy and readability; developing model algorithms for the decision-making model; working with the design firm to improve graphics and user interfaces; and facilitating the Scientific Steering Committee Review.
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