Journal article

Evaluating the impact of visualization of wildfire hazard upon decision-making under uncertainty

L Cheong, S Bleisch, A Kealy, K Tolhurst, T Wilkening, M Duckham

International Journal of Geographical Information Science | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2016


The paper investigates whether the methods chosen for representing uncertain geographic information aid or impair decision-making in the context of wildfire hazard. Through a series of three human subject experiments, utilizing 180 subjects and employing increasingly difficult tasks, this research evaluates the effect of five different visualizations and a text-based representation on decision-making under uncertainty. Our quantitative experiments focus specifically on the task of decision-making under uncertainty, rather than the task of reading levels of uncertainty from the map. To guard against the potential for generosity and risk seeking in decision-making under uncertainty, the experi..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) including Discovery Projects Scheme

Awarded by ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award

Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Australian Research Council (ARC) including the Discovery Projects Scheme [project DP120100072] 'From environmental monitoring to management: Extracting knowledge about environmental events from sensor data' and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award [DE140101014] (Wilkening). This research is supported by funding from the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.