For the past 1.5 years, I’ve been illustrating a book for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This book is the IPCC Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report. I know…it’s a mouthful. In short: every seven years or so, the IPCC assess all the current research on climate change and publishes their findings in a three part book series. I co-illustrated the second/middle book…which got so long that it was eventually split into two volumes.
I co-illustrated this book with Yuka Estrada, who besides being a powerhouse illustrator, was tremendously knowledgeable about the IPCC assessment and publication process. I still need to do an official count, but I’d estimate that we created over 300 illustrations/tables. Plus a few more for the Summary For Policy Makers….and a few more for the Synthesis Report. I also had the fun task of selecting the cover images for the two volumes. David Wilson is the photographer of the mangrove photo, and you can read more about his experience in Tuvalu here.
The brilliant folks who comprise the TSU Working Group II support unit are some of the best content experts I’ve ever worked with. The same goes for the 300+ authors of this book. Now that the book is published, I am creating a Flash animation that explains one of the key graphics from the book. It feels great to be animating again 🙂
If you’d like to look through the book illustrations, you can view them here: http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/full-report/Just click the “graphics” link underneath each chapter name. The graphics are popping up all over the place now, but I am still geeking out that one of my illustrations ended up on the Colbert Report.