Digital Science Communication efforts create and support digital media, such as websites and other web products, graphics, and educational multimedia, that clearly deliver usable, science-based information on climate change.
The Digital Science Communication team works on a growing portfolio of web-based activities that convey information, tools, and other resources regarding climate change and other land management challenges. We organize, create, manage, and maintain numerous websites to provide user-friendly online platforms for delivering climate change science information. These efforts also use graphic design as a communication tool to visually represent and clarify scientific information and ideas.
"I’m getting so much positive feedback about the new newsletter design! Great work bringing your creative skills to shake that up and make it so much better!"
- Laurel Haavik, Research and Develoment, USDA Forest Service
COLLABORATING TO TRANSITION THE CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCE CENTER
With recent structural changes to NIACS and the Forest Service’s Web Modernization effort, the management of the Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) website transitioned from NIACS to the Forest Service Office of Sustainability and Climate (OSC). We collaborated with the OSC and Forest Service Web Modernization team to create a new site within the web structure while retaining the wealth of resources currently housed in the CCRC.
VISUAL INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR NIACS AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
We support Forest Service Research & Development by creating science infographics to supplement their outreach efforts. We created figures and infographics for the Forest Service 2020 Resources Planning Act Assessment, FS National Report on Sustainable Forests, and the USDA entity guidelines for greenhouse gas quantification update report. Publication layouts and digital accessibility were created for two adaptation planning Quick Guides, the Great Lakes coastal menu, and the northern Michigan field guide.
USDA CLIMATE HUBS WEBSITE
NIACS developed and implemented major changes on the administrative content management side of the national USDA Climate Hubs website this year, with the introduction of new content review tools. In the public-facing view of the website, we expanded the site to include a central location for video content.
The Digital Science Communication team will continue to lead the USDA Climate Hubs web efforts, developing more tools to improve user experience. We will explore ways to improve our delivery of digital resources and online courses to increase the effectiveness and reach of our offerings.We will lead the publication layout and design for the Spanish version of the adaptation planning Quick Guide, GLIFWC climate change vulnerability assessment, and regional tree species vulnerability assessment for several urban areas.