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Prerequisites: "C" or better in GEOG 5150.
Many aspects of our world are very complex. Scientists collect data on issues like climate change, gentrification, or disease epidemics to understand them and guide response. However, these data are too large to grasp, too convoluted to decipher, or too noisy to comprehend. Visualization provides a way of combating information overload, as a well-designed graph, map or chart can help to understand large, complex data streams. Furthermore, visualization is an inclusive way of communication and therefore, engages diverse audiences in the process of analytic thinking. In this class, students learn a definition and brief history of data visualization, including its fundamental concepts. In addition, we will review and learn the skills/tools that are relevant in working with visualization environments, using state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.