Digital Science Communication efforts support online science delivery through website creation, informative content, graphic design, and educational multimedia.
The Digital Science Communication theme aggregates an increasing 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.
NIACS staff are providing increasing levels of assistance, web development expertise, and design services for several major web-based platforms and communication outlets, including the USDA Climate Hubs and US Forest Service Research and Development (USFS R&D) at a national level.
NIACS staff have expanded their portfolio and major accomplishments this year include:
- The new niacs.org website was established to better convey NIACS activities and partners.
- The USDA Climate Hubs website continues to serve as a flagship effort, with ongoing work to maintain web security, ensure site functionality, and enhance the user experience.
- NIACS staff provided support to USDA Climate Hubs web content managers in building, organizing, improving, and maintaining the website.
- The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change website continues to grow as the scope of the ASCC network increases.
- Maintenance and security updates were made for the Radiocarbon Collaborative, Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change, and NIACS websites.
- New server infrastructure was established to improve future site development and updates.
- Graphic design products were created to the work of the USFS R&D’s Knowledge Management and Communications staff
- NIACS staff with web development and content responsibilities developed new skills for programming and website development to expand their capacity to take on new projects.
Planning is currently underway for NIACS staff to lead a complete overhaul of the USFS R&D website, which will entail working with R&D for a robust new site design, coordination among multiple research stations, building a new site from the ground up, and moving existing content to a new site. Additionally, NIACS staff will continue to maintain existing web projects and design efforts.