Challenges and strategies for the visual exploration of complex environmental data

Helbig, Carolin, Dransch, Doris, Böttinger, Michael, Devey, Colin, Haas, Antonie, Hlawitschka, Mario, Kuenzer, Claudia, Rink, Karsten, Schäfer-Neth, Christian, Scheuermann, Gerik, Kwasnitschka, Tom and Unger, Andrea (2017) Challenges and strategies for the visual exploration of complex environmental data International Journal of Digital Earth, 10 (10). pp. 1070-1076. DOI 10.1080/17538947.2017.1327618.

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In this opinion paper, we, a group of scientists from environmental-, geo-, ocean- and information science, argue visual data exploration should become a common analytics approach in Earth system science due to its potential for analysis and interpretation of large and complex spatio-temporal data. We discuss the challenges that appear such as synthesis of heterogeneous data from various sources, reducing the amount of information and facilitating multidisciplinary, collaborative research. We argue that to fully exploit the potential of visual data exploration, several bottlenecks and challenges have to be addressed: providing an efficient data management and an integrated modular workflow, developing and applying suitable visual exploration concepts and methods with the help of effective and tailored tools as well as generating and raising the awareness of visual data exploration and education. We are convinced visual data exploration is worth the effort since it significantly facilitates insight into environmental data and derivation of knowledge from it.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Digital Earth; geoinformatics; geospatial data integration; visualization
Research affiliation: DLR
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1327618
ISSN: 1753-8947
Projects: ScaDS
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 08:35
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:43

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