Developing a sustainable mobile-first web app
Periods of drought, floods, and storms – climate change has been omnipresent in everyday life in recent years. In order to give their users the chance to inform themselves about climate change in their region, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk planned a multimedia feature tackling the topic. With this feature, extensive climate data and relevant content can be combined on an interactive map – now and in the future.
How can such a complex topic be made accessible to a broad audience?
Bringing together the highest scientific standards and a diverse audience was a welcome challenge for us. Based on a concept workshop with the client, we developed a map application optimized for mobile use. Supported by a clear design and user interface, the extensive data that backs the app can be intuitively navigated and filtered even on small screens.
Data preparation and visualization
The application is based on extensive climate data provided by the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture, and Geology (LfULG). We have translated the scientific data into a format tailored to modern visualization purposes, thus bridging the gap between GIS data and a broad audience.
Customized technological implementation
As a multimedia provider, MDR has its own hosting services, which gave us a lot of freedom in the choice of technology. The climate map features an independent technology solution that is based on a responsive React application. The map uses Mapbox's open-source framework in combination with self-hosted OpenStreetMap data. The focus on open source and freely available data allows for the long-term usage of the web app at no extra costs. In addition to hosting the map data, the MDR infrastructure also facilitates the easy integration of multimedia content into the map. This further increases the independence of the solution and ensures that the map can be easily expanded now and at any future point in time.