Visual analytics can be a powerful tool for sharing research outcomes and ideas with diverse audiences, knowledge mobilization being one of the main objectives of MC3 2.0. They illustrate qualitative and quantitative information in graphics and figures that communicate complex patterns, relationships, and contexts between scientific concepts and theoretical frameworks. Adding a spatial dimension to the presentation of data enables a richer understanding of concepts, ideas and theories by engaging our visual pattern recognition and spatial reasoning abilities (Risch, Kao, Poteet & Wu 2008). In addition, visuals reduce the complex cognitive requirements for processing information and enhance our ability for synthesizing data and gaining insights on its meaning and / or implications (Keim, Mansmann, Schneidewind, Thomas, & Ziegler, 2008).

Development Path Change



This interactive model serves as a step toward better understanding changes in development paths. It does this by exploring change through three theoretical lenses - multi-level perspective (MLP), social practice theory (SPT), and social-ecological systems (SES). It then integrates these perspectives to illustrate how each theory complements one another and ultimately provides a more comprehensive picture of how different forms of change occur. 


Emerging MC3 Data (Phase 2)  


This interactive visualization depicts the top topics between the first phase of MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge case study interviews and the second phase, when we re-interviewed a sub-sample from the original interviewees. To read more about this methodology of "text mining", see our recent write-up here



The above interactive visualization represents topic richness across both phases of the MC3 research. Topic richness measures the diversity of topics in each phase; the more topics that are discussed, the richer that phase is. This visualization has filtered the data so as to show only the top 0.5% of topics in each phase. 



Using all interview data from the MC3 project, the tree map above shows the connections that stem from three main topics: 'sustainability', 'adaptation', and 'mitigation'. A connection between two topics is here determined by sharing a context of ten words. Click for more details. 

A Picture of Electrical Energy Use in Canada

This interactive, animated visualization conveys Canada’s electricity production and consumption over the last 50 years.

MC3 Meta-analysis Visualizations

These visualizations represents the outcomes of a meta-analysis on MC3 case study data, conducted to elucidate common drivers and barriers to community climate action.

These Word Clouds  were derived from interview data used to develop the MC3 case studies. Each word cloud shows the key concepts that emerged through the data for a respective community and displays these concepts by their relative strength.



This raindrop plot provide a deeper exploration of the research outcomes from our climate adaptation and mitigation research, MC3 case study data. The visualization explores patterns, similarities and differences among BC study communities, to understand the challenges and leading innovations of climate action in each of the communities.


Conceptual frequency curve

This conceptual frequency curve provides visual representations of the strength of particular concepts within the case study data. This visualization can be used to identify common concepts and ideas in each of the community case studies (and the research as a whole), allowing for exploration of over-arching themes and comparisons between the case studies


Keim, D. A., Mansmann, F., Schneidewind, J., Thomas, J., & Ziegler, H. (2008). Visual analytics: Scope and challenges (pp. 76-90). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Risch, J., Kao, A., Poteet, S. R., & Wu, Y. J. J. (2008). Text visualization for visual text analytics. In Visual Data Mining (pp. 154-171). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.