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NPS Air Quality Webcams

Government vendor Air Resource Specialists needed to update the look and feel of multiple websites operated by the National Park Service, while also providing a solution that made available air quality data digestible for the general public.

The challenge

The National Park Service and Air Resource Specialists understand that air quality has a significant impact on a park visitor’s experience in our country’s national parks. 

With that in mind, both agencies sought a way to provide up-to-date and accurate information to park visitors so they could have the best experience possible. 

The goal of this project was to allow park visitors the ability to quickly find and understand the current meteorological and air quality conditions of national parks across the country and make informed decisions about the health and safety of their park visits.

Project highlights

Data Visualization / Featured / User Experience Design (UX) / Web Application

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How do you provide the National Park Service and Air Resource Specialists’ most up-to-date air quality information to park visitors so that they can have the best experience possible?

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The solution

A great deal of planning went into crafting a solution that made available data digestible for the general public. We went through a rigorous process of iterating the site’s iconography, layout, and user flow to craft a smooth user experience.

The user experience was further refined with the addition of interactive maps, dynamic photos and graphically interesting data displays. These elements were made visually consistent with the existing headers, footers and navigation menus. We also made the sites responsive in the process. 

In addition, CodeGeek provided commented code and documentation so that agency developers could install, replicate and tweak the programming further to meet their needs without having to go back to the source.

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The results

The National Park Service Webcams site showcases hourly photos of air quality conditions and haze indices at national parks across the country. Visitors can view current air quality, visibility and weather conditions as well as current webcam images from various national parks.

This project was delivered on time and on budget while working with multiple stakeholders and restrictive design requirements. And best of all, the client stakeholders were so thrilled with the results that we’ve worked with them on additional projects since then.

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CodeGeek offers the project management, design and coding expertise to meet the requirements of the contracts while providing an appealing and responsive user experience. The CodeGeek designed National Park Service webcam site has received extremely positive reviews and we expect future designs will be equally successful.

Scott Cismoski, Owner Air Resource Specialists