Climatic Change

, Volume 126, Issue 3, pp 485–493

A method to evaluate the usability of interactive climate change impact decision aids

  • Gabrielle Wong-Parodi
  • Baruch Fischhoff
  • Ben Strauss
Letter

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1226-9

Cite this article as:
Wong-Parodi, G., Fischhoff, B. & Strauss, B. Climatic Change (2014) 126: 485. doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1226-9

Abstract

Reducing the impacts from climate change requires people to make decisions that may prompt substantial changes in their lives. One possible way to help them is with personalized decision aids. Here we describe a method for evaluating such aids, in terms of how they affect users’ understanding of their situation, defined in terms of their (a) knowledge, (b) consistency of preferences, and (c) active mastery of the material. Our method provides a simple way to evaluate the usability of climate-change decision aids, and to address concerns that the choice of display could bias users’ attitudes. We demonstrate it with the Surging Seas Risk Finder, a decision aid focused on coastal flooding (http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/).

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabrielle Wong-Parodi
    • 1
  • Baruch Fischhoff
    • 2
  • Ben Strauss
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Engineering and Public PolicyCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Social and Decision SciencesCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Climate Central, One Palmer SquarePrincetonUSA