Understanding current and future adaptations in agriculture
Sample info-graphic from Impacts Explorer prototype.
The AgMIP Impacts Explorer (prototype in development) is an interactive web tool that will make project outcomes available to stakeholders and offer them support to explore and understand results for policy planning and decision making. To achieve this, the tool links text on regional case studies in Africa and Asia, and interactive data visualizations, in a user friendly interface. The Impacts Explorer project, with support from DFID UK aid, is planning on releasing a working prototype in 2017.
Who are the users of this tool?
The research results are of interest to a wide range of stakeholders: policy makers, agricultural extension workers, farmers, development workers, practitioners at NGO’s, researchers, private sector.
Stakeholder analysis and user centered design techniques for the Impacts Explorer resulted in a design supporting users with different levels of knowledge and expertise.
- The Homepage and summary pages for the regional studies are easily accessible for interested users with general knowledge of agricultural adaptation;
- Pages on climate, crops, livestock and economics for the regional studies, and background information on for instance climate scenarios, are designed for interested users with some domain knowledge;
- Expert users can explore underlying data in the Data Exploration Tool and the methodology pages.
In addition to a summary level and a results visualization level the Impacts Explorer will also allow the user to delve into the actual data from the research results. The Data Exploration tool will be an interactive multi-dimensional data visualization tool. Users can explore and compare the outcomes of the modeling results for the regional studies, and assess adaptation strategies in different scenarios over time.
Prototype Data Explorer. The vertical axes show percentage of change. The horizontal line is the median; the colored bars indicate the quartiles. The right hand panel shows relevant climate information (the change in number of hot days). The dot shows there is only one data point available.