Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Research article
23 May 2016
Research article |  | 23 May 2016

Smartphone applications for communicating avalanche risk information – a study on how they are developed and evaluated by their providers

Marie K. M. Charrière and Thom A. Bogaard

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Short summary
This paper present the results of interviews that were conducted with the developers of apps dedicated to avalanche risk communication. The study investigates the context of their development to determine how choices of content and visualization were made as well as how their effectiveness is evaluated. Results show that consensus is achieved in terms of message but not in terms of visualization. However, progress remains in terms of effectiveness evaluation.
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