CC33-Recommend feature & design changes to our prototype to help with forest fires

Project start and end dates:
2022-02-04 to 2022-04-20

Goals & Objectives

We would like you to explore and document any recommendations and functionality/design modifications needed to extend our citizen science prototype, focused on floods, to help during a different type of disaster: Forest fires. We will provide screenshots and demos of our current flood prototype to help you understand and research any needed modifications. You should take into account the different needs of individuals or communities affected by forest fires, but while trying not to require us to change the existing prototype user interface, user experience, and customer journey too much. Create wireframes or mock-ups to represent the user interface changes that you think are needed to handle a forest fire disaster. 

Project Outcome

The Ohio students were tasked with exploring and documenting functionality modifications needed to extend our citizen science prototype focused on floods, to help during a wildfire disaster. While the project work had few resources provided, the students produced results of exceptional quality. 

During their detailed research, they explored: 

  • Safety recommendations 
  • Dashboard for Air Quality Index (AQI) 
  • Gamification to incentivise users 
  • Make live feed easily accessible through the navigation bar 
  • Different user profiles and their needs (Active, passive, trolls) 
  • Auto detection for blurry images 
  • Classification of wildfire (ground, crown, surface) for users 

 The students were always pleasant, professional, and keen to understand our project goals and objectives, and willing to go the extra mile to help achieve them.  

Overall, their contribution was of value to our future prototype design work. 


We would like to thank the students and teaching staff of MIS 4800 : Business IT Analysis and Consulting course. *

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Related Project

OASIS: Software Solutions for Climate Change Problems

Software can help the world respond to climate change impacts and disasters.

In 2019 we set out to investigate if there is a need for a solution that gives citizens personalized help preparing for and recovering from climate change impacts and lets trusted authorities assist them and report on their results.

As part of this effort, a great deal of market and technical research was conducted over the last few years. Over 140 students have been involved so far, in dozens of academic institutions in Canada and internationally.

Our greatest finding is the willingness of citizens to take responsibility and help themselves, their neighbors and community plan for, mitigate and recover from climate change impacts and disasters. We also confirmed that a software solution can be built to help overcome the barriers they face when trying to do so.

Now we’re working on a prototype and sharing our findings and progress. Find out more on our OASIS project website!

Academic Institution

Ohio University

Athens, United States 

Ohio University is a public research university in Athens, Ohio. The first university chartered by an Act of Congress and the first to be chartered in Ohio, it was chartered in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation and subsequently approved for the territory in 1802 and state in 1804, opening for students in 1809. 

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