Soil, Not Dirt: The Surprising Connection Between Soils and Climate in the Southwest US

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The primary objective of this project was to create a short film to document field research about how climate impacts soils across the Santa Catalina Mountains in Southern Arizona. The film was designed to engage viewers by using an energetic, first person perspective on the exploration of soils from desert scrub to mixed conifer forest. The second part of the project involved writing two scripts to record with the film. The first script contained a “science message” where the soils research and its link to climate change was presented using a formal, objective tone meant to reduce resistance to controversial material, such as climate change science. The second script employed a narrative with a less formal “science story” tone meant to increase audience comprehension and engagement.

This project was funded by the Climate and Society Fellows program.