TerrainVis: collaborative, interactive, visualisation tool for engaging residents in disaster preparedness

Mathiesen, Dylan, Myers, Trina, Atkinson, Ian, and Vanderwal, Jeremy (2016) TerrainVis: collaborative, interactive, visualisation tool for engaging residents in disaster preparedness. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering, pp. 110-117. From: CDVE 2016: 13th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering, 24-27 October 2016, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

Modelling and communicating scientific data are paramount in Disaster planning, yet is not easily communicated and interpreted by non-expert stakeholders. These stakeholders are important to the disaster response planning because they can provide firsthand experience and knowledge not capture by quantitative methods. This project aimed to develop a method for catching the attention of community members and engaging them in disaster preparation discussions around real data. A scale model visualisation tool was developed that allows users to interact with flood levels and visualise the impact on their community. Using an "in the wild" Human Computer Interaction (HCI) field trial approach, we found community members engaged in self-directed discussions with strangers about the mitigation of floods and the current zoning of new housing estates in flood prone areas. TerrainVis has helped residents understand the significance of disaster preparation and changed perspectives on evacuation plans by situating them within the data.

Item ID: 44912
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: user experience, flood modelling, visualisation, HCI, disaster preparation
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ISBN: 978-3-319-46771-9
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 23:55
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction @ 20%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080110 Simulation and Modelling @ 80%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology @ 100%
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