SNAP's Kristin Timm receives international award

Kristin Timm, a designer with the Interior Department's Alaska Climate Science Center and SNAP, is among 10 designers who were recently recognized internationally for excellence in science communication.

Cosponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation, the Visualization Challenge competition — the Vizzies — recognizes some of the best scientific photos, videos, posters and illustrations produced each year.

Timm and her collaborators received the People’s Choice award in the poster division for their illustration entitled “From Icefield to Ocean.”

The illustration was one of over 300 entries into the annual competition, which has been held for more than a decade. During two rounds of judging, science and visualization experts narrowed the entries to 50 finalists. Readers voted online for the People’s Choice award, and independent experts vetted the winners for accuracy.

Timm worked with glaciologists Shad O'Neel, from the U.S. Geological Survey's Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood, from the University of Alaska Southeast. She also worked with ecologist Allison Bidlack, from the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.


From Icefield to Ocean conceptual diagram

Coastal Alaska and British Columbia glaciers are melting faster than almost any other glaciers on Earth. Glaciers are central to many natural processes and economic activities in this region. Changes in coastal icefields and glaciers can have a ripple effect down through the watershed all the way to the ocean. (K. Timm)

The work was supported by the Interior Department's Alaska Climate Science Center. Established in 2011, the regional center is one of eight across the United States that bring together university, federal and other researchers to meet climate change research needs.

The figure will be published in the March 2015 issue of Popular Science. “From Icefield to Ocean” and the other contest winners can also be viewed on the Popular Science website.