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State of the art in flow visualization in the environmental sciences

Authors
  • Bujack, Roxana1
  • Middel, Ariane2
  • 1 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, 87545, USA , Los Alamos (United States)
  • 2 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 85287-5802, USA , Tempe (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Environmental Earth Sciences
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 11, 2020
Volume
79
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12665-019-8800-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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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.

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