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Still… imag(in)ing a world without trees

Trees lost from familiar works of art… still one of my most popular blog posts after more than three years. It certainly generated more interest than anything I ever did in my research career! My excuse for re-blogging it is Marina Galperina’s animated GIFs that now give me the chance to revisit these visualisations through their … Continue reading

The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Imag(in)ing a world without trees

Below are three famous paintings, but I’ve photoshopped out the trees. You get a point for naming the artist, and two further points if you know the name of the painting. Answers at the bottom. [This project came about as an attempt to visually represent “loss”. It’s one of the themes that I’ve been working … Continue reading

Ceci n’est pas un arbre

To abstract the real world –  to “move away from the concrete world and move towards ideas and concepts” (Khan Academy lecture of “Abstract”) – is a skill shared by both artists and scientist. It is neatly illustrated in the process of abstracting trees for modelling satellite observations. In the science of remote sensing of forests we … Continue reading

Radar images as you’ve never seen them before…

In an earlier post (What price, creativity?) I talked about the value of artistic creativity in innovation.  Here is a great example of this in action… We were inspired by the fabulous work coming out of Brown University, using artist painting techniques to create new ways of visualising multidimensional data sets (the link to the … Continue reading

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