Articles | Volume 19, issue 12
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2677–2700, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2677-2019
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2677–2700, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-19-2677-2019

Research article 02 Dec 2019

Research article | 02 Dec 2019

Difficulties in explaining complex issues with maps: evaluating seismic hazard communication – the Swiss case

Michèle Marti et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Sep 2019) by Maria Ana Baptista
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Sep 2019) by Maria Ana Baptista
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (08 Oct 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Oct 2019) by Maria Ana Baptista
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Short summary
Maps are an established way to illustrate natural hazards and regularly used to communicate with non-experts. However, there is evidence that they are frequently misconceived. Using a real case, our study shows that applying or disregarding best practices in visualization, editing, and presentation significantly impacts the comprehensibility of seismic hazard information. We suggest scrutinizing current natural-hazard communication strategies and empirically testing new products.
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