XIV.1 Climate Tweetoscope

David Chavalarias

Maziyar Panahi

When people talk about climate change, they use words like temperatures, storms, drought, cyclones, and polar bears. When scientists talk about climate change they use words like observations, models, and temperature anomalies. Are we talking past each other when it comes to climate change? Or do we share a common language?

Climate Tweetoscope, developed by David Chavalarias and Maziyar Panahi, illustrates areas of divergence and overlap in the climate change conversation. Use the Science view to explore more than 30,000 scientific articles analyzed for the 2015 Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris. The larger the topic, the more often it is used. Compare this to the Twitter & Media view, which analyzes more than 47 million tweets posted from January 2017 through April 2018. Green topics get balanced attention from scientists and from the public, whereas red topics are primarily discussed in research and blue topics are mostly addressed on Twitter.

Climate Tweetoscope and its companion website can be found at http://tweetoscope.iscpif.fr.


Chavalarias, David and Maziyar Panahi. 2018. Climate Tweetoscope. In “14th Iteration (2018): Macroscopes for Ensuring our Well-being." Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.