Supporting decision making through geovisualization: a view from different perspectives

Expert Workshop at HafenCity University
January 20 th, 2015


Geovisualization traditionally serves as a means to support decision making based on spatio-temporal data, often as part of decision support systems (DSS) in fields such as urban planning or disaster management. Due to the wide range of applications, the nature of decisions can strongly differ with regard to complexity, accuracy, or timeliness, and so do the requirements for geovisualization techniques to efficiently support the decision making process. Since decisions often have to be made based on uncertain (e.g. inaccurate, incomplete, inconsistent or outdated) data, the role of geodata uncertainty during decision making is a crucial aspect, as well as the effective use of visualization to communicate information about data uncertainty to decision makers. In order to understand how to improve the support of decision making through geovisualization, perceptual, cognitive and behavioral viewpoints are necessary. This high-level workshop will provide different perspectives on the topic, reporting on the state-of-the-art, highlighting current challenges and giving recommendations for future research directions.

Participants and Presenters