Tyler Fox

Winter 2021

The UX of Climate Change: Western Red Cedar Dieback

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter and no longer accepting applications.

How do we notice and experience climate change? How might we design human-centered experiences that contribute to science, while also considering the impact on local communities? In this DRG, we will partner with Forest Health Watch and approach these questions through Western red cedar dieback.

Western red cedars are a critical organism in PNW forests. Environmentally, they perform critical roles such as storing carbon, filtering water, and cleaning the air. Western red cedars also have cultural importance with many indigenous communities. Currently, Western red cedars are dying back across the region, most likely caused by climate change. Scientists believe that Western red cedars offer a unique opportunity to track the effects of climate change in our region.

In this DRG we conduct user research and rapidly prototype design solutions that will increase community participation in tracking Western red cedar. Candidates for this DRG should already have completed coursework in UCD methods (e.g. HCDE 318, 518, or equivalent). Our goal is to produce viable design ideas that not only increase involvement in the project, but do so with an emphasis on involving marginalized communities ethically and equitably.

This DRG will occur on Friday Afternoons (exact times TBA). 

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