($78,976 over 1 year, awarded 2010)
Decision-makers depend on access to understandable climate information. The Data Access and Integration (DAI) gateway provides a wealth of environmental information, but it is difficult to use. This project will improve the usability of the gateway, making it available to a broader community. Researchers are constructing parallel descriptive text that explains the data and model outputs. They are also developing visualization tools for the mapping and analysis of data online. This will make DAI information more accessible and understandable for both climate and non-climate scientists, as well as for lay users such as policy-makers and non-government environmental groups.