Activity 4.3 -Use analogies to simplify tricky concepts

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Course: 2018 Science Communication Skills for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy
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Date: Thursday, 2 December 2021, 11:12 AM

1 - Finding analogies

Look at the terms below. Suggest a more relatable way to communicate the figure or concept. 

Term

Erosion through abrasion

130,395 km²

Freshwater

Spatial precipitation patterns

Temporal precipitation patterns

Discharge

Cubic metres per second

Catchment basin

Transboundary waters

Hydropolitics


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2 - Analogies suggestions

Term

Possible alternative

Erosion through abrasion

Wearing down a rock, a bit like using sandpaper on it...

130,395 km²

The area of X country

Freshwater

Water with no salt in it

Spatial precipitation patterns

The pattern of where rain falls

Temporal precipitation patterns

The pattern of when rain falls

Discharge

How much water flows through a river at any given point

Cubic metres per second

How much water, every second, at any given point

Catchment basin

Area where water funnels down to

Transboundary waters

Water shared by different countries

Hydropolitics

Politics affected by the availability of water


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3 - Famelab presentations

Watch the following two Famelab presentations (a science communication competition) from two water scientists. 

 

 

 

 

For each talk:

  1. Identify three ways they attempt to make their work more relatable or easy to understand.
  2. Suggest one improvement for each one.