Bite-Sized Science: Eye-Tracking for Weather Research
What are you looking at? What are you ignoring? Forecasters have a lot of information in front of them. Every second counts during severe weather, and decisions about where to focus are constantly being made. This could be more challenging in the future. Phased array radar will produce four to six times more information than what we have now.
Eye-tracking is already being used in the medical field and air traffic control to evaluate how people take in information. Using similar research methods, NSSL is discovering the benefits for weather forecasting. Understanding forecasters' decision making process will help researchers develop even more user-friendly tools.
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