Turbulence Ahead – A 3D Web-Based Aviation Weather Visualizer



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Turbulence Ahead – A 3D Web-Based Aviation Weather Visualizer
Lisa Stähli, David Rudi, Martin Raubal

UIST ’18: ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium
Session: Visualizations in 2D and 3D

Abstract
Although severe aircraft accidents have been reduced in the last decades, the number of injuries and fatalities caused by turbulence is still rising. Current aviation weather products are unable to provide a holistic and intuitive view of the overall weather situation, especially in terms of turbulence forecasts. This work introduces an interactive 3D prototype developed with a user-centered design approach. The prototype focuses on the visualization of significant weather charts, which are utilized during flight preparation. An online user study is conducted to compare the prototype with today’s 2D paper maps. A total of 64 pilots from an internationally operating airline participated in the study. Among the major findings of the study is that the prototype significantly decreased the cognitive load, and enhanced spatial awareness and usability. To determine the spatial awareness, a novel similarity measure for spatial configurations of aviation weather data is introduced.

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Recorded at the ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Berlin, Germany October 14-17, 2018

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