A user-centered mapping design for geomorphological hazard thematic map

Su Min Shen*, Yin Hsuen Chen, Chia Ming Lo, Mu Ti Yu, Si Chin Lin, Sendo Wang, Chih Hsin Chang, Sheng Chi Lin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Numerous studies have concentrated on developing user-centered designs for hazard zone maps but rarely for hazard-oriented geomorphological maps, named as Geomorphological Hazard Thematic Maps (GHTMs) in this study, which provide more detailed information about natural hazards. This study developed a user-centered mapping design for GHTMs for nonexperts in geomorphology. We invited civil engineers and high school educators to evaluate a sample GHTM’s design in group and focus group panel interviews. The civil engineers preferred maps with more geomorphological features, whereas the educators preferred simple designs. Both groups indicated that the inclusion of essential facilities and road networks is essential. The map was also adjusted by adding hillshade layer and by changing the symbology for mass wasting, fault scarps, and fluvial features to increase clarity and simplicity. This case study is the first step toward developing user-centered mapping designs for hazard communication that will deepen their understanding of natural hazards.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2251510
JournalJournal of Maps
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Geomorphological hazard thematic map
  • Taiwan
  • geomorphological map
  • hazard management
  • stakeholder
  • user-centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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