Designing better warning systems for better disaster response
NSF-funded scientists worked with the National Weather Service to better communicate the risks of weather emergencies
November 7, 2017
When a severe storm approaches, how a person responds can be a matter of life and death. Human response in the face of disaster greatly depends on how weather experts communicate the risks.
NSF-funded scientists worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service emergency responders to improve the communication of risks related to weather emergencies. For example, storm surge -- rather than wind speed -- is typically the deadliest and costliest force in a hurricane.
Informed by NSF’s research, NOAA now uses dynamic displays of storm surge presented visually to better communicate hurricane risks.
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences