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Evaluating the use of uncertainty visualization for exploratory analysis of land cover change: A qualitative expert user study

Kinkeldey, Christoph and Schiewe, Jochen and Gerstmann, Henning and Götze, Christian and Kit, Oleksander and Lüdeke, Matthias and Taubenböck, Hannes and Wurm, Michael (2015) Evaluating the use of uncertainty visualization for exploratory analysis of land cover change: A qualitative expert user study. Computers & Geosciences, 84, pp. 46-53. Elsevier. doi: doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.007. ISSN 0098-3004.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0098300415300315#


Extensive research on geodata uncertainty has been conducted in the past decades, mostly related to modeling, quantifying, and communicating uncertainty. But findings on if and how users can incorporate this information into spatial analyses are still rare. In this paper we address these questions with a focus on land cover change analysis. We conducted semi-structured interviews with three expert groups dealing with change analysis in the fields of climate research, urban development, and vegetation monitoring. During the interviews we used a software prototype to show change scenarios that the experts had analyzed before, extended by visual depiction of uncertainty related to land cover change. This paper describes the study, summarizes results, and discusses findings as well as the study method. Participants came up with several ideas for applications that could be supported by uncertainty, for example, identification of erroneous change, description of change detection algorithm characteristics, or optimization of change detection parameters. Regarding the aspect of reasoning with uncertainty in land cover change data the interviewees saw potential in better-informed hypotheses and insights about change. Communication of uncertainty information to users was seen as critical, depending on the users’ role and expertise. We judge semi-structured interviews to be suitable for the purpose of this study and emphasize the potential of qualitative methods (workshops, focus groups etc.) for future uncertainty visualization studies.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/98027/
Document Type:Article
Title:Evaluating the use of uncertainty visualization for exploratory analysis of land cover change: A qualitative expert user study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Kinkeldey, ChristophHCU HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Schiewe, JochenHCU HamburgUNSPECIFIED
Gerstmann, HenningMartin Luther University of Halle-WittenbergUNSPECIFIED
Götze, ChristianMartin Luther University of Halle-WittenbergUNSPECIFIED
Kit, OleksanderUniversity of SouthamptonUNSPECIFIED
Lüdeke, MatthiasPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchUNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wurm, Michaelmichael.wurm (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Computers & Geosciences
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2015.08.007
Page Range:pp. 46-53
Keywords:Uncertainty visualization; Remote sensing; Land cover; Change analysis; user study
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Zivile Kriseninformation und Georisiken (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Wurm, Michael
Deposited On:14 Sep 2015 10:17
Last Modified:14 Sep 2015 10:17

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