Journal article

The smoke is rising but where is the fire? Exploring effective online map design for wildfire warnings

Yinghui Cao, Bryan J Boruff, Ilona M McNeill



The current study sought to offer guidance for developing effective web-based mapping tools for wildfire warnings by identifying (1) the important content for facilitating individuals’ decision-making, and (2) the optimal interface design for ensuring usability and ease of information access. A map-based warning tool was prototyped in the Australian context, followed by a usability and effectiveness evaluation through individual interviews and verbal protocol analysis to assess participants’ interaction with the mapping interface and information in response to the simulated warning scenario. The results demonstrated variations in participants’ approaches to wildfire warning response, reveali..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is a part of a Ph. D. project supported by the former Bushfire Co-operative Research Centre and the current Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre in Australia, the University of Western Australia, Austraining, and Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia). Special thanks go to all the participants who generously contributed their time to the interviews.