Situational awareness is developing and maintaining a dynamic awareness of the situation based on assembling data from the environment, understanding what they mean, and thinking ahead about what may happen next.
Descriptions of situational awareness include:
- perception or attention
- continuous monitoring of the environment, an assessment of it and the detection of any changes
- knowing what is going on around you
- the need for a 360° view.
Examples of loss of situational awareness – when things go wrong – include: