CliMAS is a group of three web tools presenting information about climate change and species adaptation. I joined the CliMAS project in late 2012, when the CliMAS projects were all due to be finished, but weren’t. They came together and ended up alright.
The three climas tools are:
This tool is mainly for people who manage the natural resources and ecology of Australia. Using CliMAS Reports you select a particular region from the list of NRM (CMA) regions, IBRA regions, and States, and a future year you are interested in. Then the tool generates a report that describes the changes expected for your region’s climate and biodiversity.
The report assembly and document formatting all happens in browser, and I used a print stylesheet to make the final report printable directly.
CliMAS Suitability and CliMAS Biodiversity
The other two CliMAS tools, CliMAS Suitability and CliMAS Biodiversity, let the user browse suitability maps for species projected in to various future climates, and see biodiversity measures for future climates at the class, family and genus levels.
These tools were partly implemented in PHP by the time I started on the project, and needed me to finish off the back end and make a UI. I used Leaflet for the map-displaying parts of these tools, and re-used a lot of the UI elements I made for CliMAS Reports.
Time pressure was quite high on these and I don’t love everything about the final results, but I did manage to meet the project goals and get a nice consistent look across all three tools.