State of the art in flow visualization in the environmental sciences

Roxana Bujack, Ariane Middel

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Abstract

Flow plays a major role in environmental sciences, because many of the Earth’s physical and biological processes involve movement. Yet, there are major differences between theoretically available and practically applied visualization techniques to represent flow. This paper surveys various techniques in computational and environmental flow visualization. Techniques from the computational flow visualization community are classified into geometric, texture-based, topology-based, and feature-based approaches. Environmental flow applications are categorized into four application domains (atmospheric science, ecology, geosciences, and urban environments). Computational and environmental visualization approaches are compared to exhibit gaps and suggest solutions on how to bridge the gap. Outcomes from this literature review will inform the development of strategic initiatives for both future flow visualization research and flow visualization in the environmental sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number65
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Environmental visualization
  • Flow visualization
  • State of the art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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