This course will explore data collection practices in environmental sciences and how visualizations are used to convey scientific information. Throughout history, humans have developed endless ways to communicate their observations about the natural word visually, from markings on rock and sand, to smoke signals, knots on rocks, pencil drawings and complex 3D computer models. Visual literacy is an important part of the storytelling of science and a vast field of practice and research. This course will focus specifically on visual literacy as applied to environmental science data. Students will study existing data sets and imagery related to Earth systems and discuss how they are used by scientists, media, policymakers and the general public. They will also practice environmental science techniques through hands-on activities and create their own graphs and other images to communicate their findings.