Art!? Haikus?! What does any of this have to do with a research blog? Everything. Scientific findings can be complicated, are often dripping with jargon, and easy to overlook or ignore. Science communication is most valuable when it is easy to understand. Enter watercolour and haiku.

Johnson Future

Gregory Johnson, an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has distilled the entire International Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment report  into 19 haikus with accompanying watercolour paintings and it is brilliant! Johnson has generated a disarming and inspiring account of the present state of our climate system. Using this creative path, he has made an otherwise daunting and dense scientific report (>2,000 pages long) into an intelligent and emotional piece of art.

Below is a slideshow of Johnson’s work.

Please visit Sightline Daily for the full article and links to pdf’s of these wonderful pieces.

I challenge you all to describe your research or profession with a simple haiku. Here is mine:

Ancient stalagmite

a window into the past

tell us your story