User Research

User Research

Understanding how users interact with the world and the data that explains it

Climate Explorer Example

The Climate Explorer

The Climate Explorer offers graphs, maps, and downloadable data of observed and projected climate variables for every county in the contiguous United States. After some time, it became evident that some users of Climate Explorer struggled to create the graphs, maps, and download the climate data. NEMAC worked with NOAA’S Climate Program Office to perform usability tests that identified issues so that the Tool could be updated for a better user experience.

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National Integrated Drought Information System

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

The goal of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), or drought.gov, is to improve the nation’s capacity to manage drought-related risks by providing the best available information and tools to assess the potential impacts of drought, and to prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought. In 2020, NIDIS began the process of redesigning their website. NEMAC partnered with the NIDIS team to create new content and to perform usability tests to identify issues with the new design.

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The Local Climate Analysis Tool

The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT)

The Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) helps advanced users identify and predict climate-related impacts on water and weather at a local level. NEMAC partnered with the LCAT team to understand user-types and how they are currently using the Tool. In addition, NEMAC helped the LCAT team to understand how people could use LCAT to learn more about the effects of drought to expand LCAT’s user base.

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