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Title: An analysis of specialist and non-specialist user requirements for geographic climate change information
Authors: Maguire, Martin
Keywords: Climate change
Geographic information
Graphical representation
User needs
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society
Citation: MAGUIRE, M., 2013. An analysis of specialist and non-specialist user requirements for geographic climate change information. Applied Ergonomics, 44 (6), pp. 874–885.
Abstract: The EU EuroClim project developed a system to monitor and record climate change indicator data based on satellite observations of snow cover, sea ice and glaciers in Northern Europe and the Arctic. It also contained projection data for temperature, rainfall and average wind speed for Europe. These were all stored as data sets in a GIS database for users to download. The process of gathering requirements for a user population including scientists, researchers, policy makers, educationalists and the general public is described. Using an iterative design methodology, a user survey was administered to obtain initial feedback on the system concept followed by panel sessions where users were presented with the system concept and a demonstrator to interact with it. The requirements of both specialist and non-specialist users is summarised together with strategies for the effective communication of geographic climate change information.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Applied Ergonomics [© Elsevier Ltd and The Ergonomics Society] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.029
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.029
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12305
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.029
ISSN: 0003-6870
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