Digital Science Communication

Digital Science Communication efforts support online science delivery through website creation, informative content, graphic design, and educational multimedia. 

SCIENCE APPLICATIONS


The Digital Science Communication theme aggregates a growing portfolio of web-based activities that help to convey information, tools, and other resources regarding climate change and other land management challenges. NIACS staff organize, create, manage, and maintain numerous websites as a means 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 simplify scientific information and ideas.

 

"We have gotten requests for some of your infographics to be used in presentations by WO staff and the stations.  So your infographics are a big, big hit for many uses... We think your infographics give the [R&D] newsletters a lot of zing and really add to it.  So thank you so much for all of your fabulous work—which is popular among technical and nontechnical audiences alike!"

- Lily Whiteman, retired National Coordinator, Science Delivery and Communications, Knowledge, Management, and Communications, USDA Forest Service Research and Development

 

2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS


NIACS staff are continuing to provide assistance, web development expertise, and design services for several major web-based platforms and communication outlets, including the USDA Climate Hubs and U.S. Forest Service Research and Development (USFS R&D) at a national level.

Major accomplishments this year include:

  • Expanded content, enhanced the user experience, ensured site functionality, and maintained web security of our flagship efforts, the USDA Climate Hubs and Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) websites
  • Overhauled and expanded the content of the niacs.org website, which was designed to convey the breadth of NIACS activities and partners
  • Provided ongoing technical assistance to USDA Climate Hubs regional web content managers, including individual consultation and coaching, tutorials, documentation and guides, and problem-solving
  • Expanded the Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change website to keep pace with the ASCC Network expansion
  • Continued critical “under the hood” work—maintenance and security updates—for the Radiocarbon Collaborative, Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change, and NIACS websites
  • Established new server infrastructure to improve future site development and updates for several supported websites.
  • Created graphic design products  used in newsletters, presentations, and social media outreach by the Forest Service Washington Office, complementing the work of the USFS R&D’s Knowledge Management and Communications
  • Updated the layout and design for the second edition of Climate Change Field Guide for Northern Wisconsin Forests: Site-level considerations and adaptation
  • Developed new skills for programming and website development to expand capacity for new projects

 

LOOKING FORWARD


NIACS staff are currently leading a complete overhaul of the USFS R&D website, which entails coordinating among multiple research stations, building a new site from the ground up, and moving existing content to the new site. Additionally, NIACS staff will continue to maintain existing web projects and design efforts.

 

2020 Fast Facts

5 websites maintained

14 infographics for Forest Service Research & Development outreach materials

58000 users on the USDA Climate Hubs National Sites, a 48% increase from 2019

8 graphics in support of the 2020 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment for the Forest Service Washington Office