Developing a website for the National Climate Assessment’s Climate Science Special Report

Authors: Katharine Johnson*, Earth Resources Technology, Inc., David R. Easterling, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC, North Carolina State University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Communication, Global Change
Keywords: Climate, web development, accessibility, communication
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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As a sustained assessment activity comprising part of the National Climate Assessment, the Climate Science Special Report, released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in November 2017, is a comprehensive overview of the most recent global and national science relating to natural and anthropogenically-forced climate change. The Report, a rigorously peer- and publicly-reviewed document, describes historical climate trends, summarizes knowledge about the causes of those trends, and provides future projections. The website for the report was developed using new and innovative methods in a departure from those previously used by our group, and was developed with WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards in mind while still adhering to design and other usability standards. The website has also undergone a review of design and usability functionality, with an aim to communicate the findings of the report to a broad audience with varying levels of knowledge related to climate science. This paper describes the process of designing and developing the website, and its eventual release, along with an overview of the site and the report contents within.

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