Item: A review of colour and cartography in avalanche danger visualization
Title: A review of colour and cartography in avalanche danger visualization
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Authors: Steven Conger, University of British Columbia
Abstract: Attention is being given to the visualization of avalanche danger through the use of geographic information systems (GIS), much of it focusing on the representation of the danger scale. Effort is underway in the avalanche community to review the adequacy of the five-level scale in communicating risk understanding to the public. Recent research in related fields support change in convention and adoption of a set of cartographic and signal word design rules. This paper reviews the use of color in the conveyance of snow avalanche hazard, danger through cartographic visualization. It concludes with suggested avalanche danger scale colour models for three desired understanding outcomes and cartographic techniques for evaluation through further research.
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Keywords: avalanche danger scale, risk communication, visualization, avalanche mapping
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