Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 555–573, 2012
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 555–573, 2012

Research article 06 Mar 2012

Research article | 06 Mar 2012

User interface prototype for geospatial early warning systems – a tsunami showcase

M. Hammitzsch1, M. Lendholt1, and M. Á. Esbrí2 M. Hammitzsch et al.
  • 1Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, CeGIT Centre for GeoInformation Technology, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
  • 2Atos Spain, Atos Research & Innovation, Albarracín 25, 28037 Madrid, Spain

Abstract. The command and control unit's graphical user interface (GUI) is a central part of early warning systems (EWS) for man-made and natural hazards. The GUI combines and concentrates the relevant information of the system and offers it to human operators. It has to support operators successfully performing their tasks in complex workflows. Most notably in critical situations when operators make important decisions in a limited amount of time, the command and control unit's GUI has to work reliably and stably, providing the relevant information and functionality with the required quality and in time.

The design of the GUI application is essential in the development of any EWS to manage hazards effectively. The design and development of such GUI is performed repeatedly for each EWS by various software architects and developers. Implementations differ based on their application in different domains. But similarities designing and equal approaches implementing GUIs of EWS are not quite harmonized enough with related activities and do not exploit possible synergy effects. Thus, the GUI's implementation of an EWS for tsunamis is successively introduced, providing a generic approach to be applied in each EWS for man-made and natural hazards.