In the framework of the ClimVis project user surveys have been conducted in 6 countries, coordinated and summarized via country coordinating partners. We also conducted focus group discussions with key stakeholders.
With those steps we want explore needs and demands of potential end users, and to learn how they perceive climate information of existing tools. We also plan to learn more about the potential to improve the existing data foundation and about technical opportunities to create a user-friendly, but reliable tool.
ClimVis climate tool inventory
Web-based climate-related tools, atlases, portals or platforms have been increasingly published over the years, being able to convey climate data, derived climate information and sector- or user-specified climate services to a large range of users.
ClimVis conducted a comprehensive list of currently available climate tools relevant for the Pan-European area (international tools) and for certain countries (national tools) – via a thorough web screening and expert queries using the network of European hydrometeorological institutions.
ClimVis user survey
ClimVis conducted a user survey in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Germany and Estonia to receive a deeper understanding of the priorities and preferences of potential users of a future ClimVis application. The questionnaire consisted of two main parts:
1) existing user experiences with web-tools providing climate information, and
2) user requirements of a useful web-tool providing climate information – followed by several statistical questions helping us judging and evaluating the collected responses.
390 users participated in our survey, running (mainly) from December 2020 to February 2021.
ClimVis focus group discussions
ClimVis performed virtual focus group discussions in Germany, Estonia, Russia, Poland and Ukraine to explore which climate information key users need, in which complexity, spatio-temporal detail, actuality, explanation level and visualisation style. This activity helped us strengthening our scientific focus while striving towards identifying our “niche” in comparison to other existing tools. 48 users participated in our sessions, mainly during April and May 2021.
Hereafter, user feedback on three tested climate visualisation tools, as well as general user recommendations grouped by topics are summarised across all sessions and countries.