1600 wooden drift cards were dropped into the ocean at possible oil spill locations in the Salish Sea. Geocology crafted a map to make reporting a drift card sighting a smooth (and accurate!) experience.
With tanker traffic possibly increasing in the Salish Sea, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Georgia Straight Alliance decided some experimentation might be in order. They dropped hundreds of yellow wooden drift cards into the ocean, at locations where oil spills might plausibly occur. Each drift card has a URL printed on it, with a request that anyone who finds one while walking on the shoreline should go to the website and report it.
Geocology was asked to build that website. We didn’t expect many users, but we needed every single person who arrived at the site to find it highly usable. No data left behind!
And as a bonus we also wanted
The map would be important, but even more important would be those forms.
Of the many hundreds of cards that were dropped into the ocean, almost one third have been reported through the map. That speaks to a combination of factors:
More drops are planned for the spring of 2014, and we will also be building maps for visualizing all of that data!