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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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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