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Video: Eye-tracking technology proves useful for weather research

Phased array radar will produce four to six times more information than what forecasters have now. Which brings us to the question researchers are looking to answer - how will rapid updates affect the forecaster’s decisions?(NOAA)Download

Did you know that each year, NOAA’s National Weather Service collects approximately 76 billion observations? Weather service forecasters then use that information to issue nearly 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings annually. That’s an incredible amount of data coming their way; in fact it’s sometimes referred to as a “firehose of information.”

So how do forecasters absorb all that data? NOAA researchers are taking an innovative approach to developing new tools for weather forecasters. Scientists at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory are using eye-tracking technology to learn how meteorologists view rapidly updating radar information. This method helps researchers better understand decision processes and design future tools to help forecasters make those life saving decisions. 

 

August 17, 2016