Product Highlight: We are making a website!

Okay, before I give you the link or any information about this website, I must declare that it is a work in progress!

Okay, now with that out of the way….we have been making a website!

Why?

Anyone can make a website now no matter what your experience level is! This is a screen shot of my photography blog that will be home to my phenology pictures!

Anyone can make a website now no matter what your experience level is! This is a screen shot of my photography blog that will be home to my phenology pictures!

A topic of many conversation was: how we will convey these vignettes and climate data to the public? Sure, having the data and some hopeful publications is great, but how could we explain this work to a larger audience?

At first, we were worried a website would be too boring. Everyone has a website now (I have even have 2 websites of my own for hobbies!). But maybe there is a reason why websites are so popular. They offer a great visual tool to display data, and with web design becoming so common, that means there are thousands of webpage designs and layouts to choose from.

So, just before the last Think Tank, we decided: let’s construct a web page that would summarize this project!

Who is our audience?

Our "onion" approach. On the website, you can click the arrows to bring up more in depth versions of each image.

Our “onion” approach. On the website, you can click the arrows to bring up more in depth versions of each image.

One of the first things you must do when making a website is decide who is your target audience. That decides your tone and layout design! But our hopeful audience is the Chesapeake Bay community, which is pretty broad!

When we “premiered” this website back in March, that same concern on the broad target audience came up, however a solution was offered.

Jenn Raulin from the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland came up with the “onion” approach where an individual could “peel back layers” of the data to go more in depth as desired.

Thus, at the base, this website could be for a very general audience. But those who what more information can dive deeper into the data.

The Website in progress!

 Curious? Here is the link to our website Changing Chesapeake.

Over the next month or two, this website will be updated, so check in periodically.

Our hopes is that the big premiere will happen at our last Think Tank coming up sometime this fall!

Last Thoughts

If you are familiar with this project, it is likely since you are either a partner or have heard one of us speak about this research at a workshop or conference. However, this project will be wrapping up pretty soon, so we needed a home for these vignettes! This website will allow our partners and anyone else to have this information at their finger tips for a very long time!

 

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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