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Met Office Weather Game Survey 2011

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This dataset contains game play results and demographic data collected from participants in the 2011 Met Office weather game. The game was designed to determine the best methods of communicating uncertainty in rainfall and temperature forecasts, and to widen public engagement in uncertainty in weather forecasting.

Within the ‘ice-cream seller’ scenario of the game participants were asked to make decisions based on rainfall and temperature forecasts presented in different ways. The game was designed with a randomised structure to enable participants to experience being ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’ when the most likely forecast scenario did not occur.

The database contains the game play selections from over 8000 unique participants and the scores that they achieved in the game. Data were also collected on participant age, gender, location and educational attainment.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Stephens, Liz, Harrison, Mark, Spiegelhalter, David and Mylne, Ken
Rights-holders: Met Office
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2019
Data last accessed: 19 July 2024
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Organisational units: Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Participating Organisations: Met Office, University of Reading, University of Cambridge
Data Availability: OPEN


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