Articles | Volume 23, issue 7
Research article
14 Jul 2023
Research article |  | 14 Jul 2023

Criteria-based visualization design for hazard maps

Max Schneider, Fabrice Cotton, and Pia-Johanna Schweizer

Data sets

Seismic hazard mapping OSFHome

Model code and software

Seismic hazard mapping OSFHome

Short summary
Hazard maps are fundamental to earthquake risk reduction, but research is missing on how to design them. We review the visualization literature to identify evidence-based criteria for color and classification schemes for hazard maps. We implement these for the German seismic hazard map, focusing on communicating four properties of seismic hazard. Our evaluation finds that the redesigned map successfully communicates seismic hazard in Germany, improving on the baseline map for two key properties.
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