VisAdapt: A Visualization Tool to Support Climate Change Adaptation

IEEE Comput Graph Appl. Mar-Apr 2017;37(2):54-65. doi: 10.1109/MCG.2016.49. Epub 2016 May 25.


The web-based visualization VisAdapt tool was developed to help laypeople in the Nordic countries assess how anticipated climate change will impact their homes. The tool guides users through a three-step visual process that helps them explore risks and identify adaptive actions specifically modified to their location and house type. This article walks through the tool's multistep, user-centered design process. Although VisAdapt's target end users are Nordic homeowners, the insights gained from the development process and the lessons learned from the project are applicable to a wide range of domains.