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Visualization of Climate and Climate Change Data: An Overview

Thomas NOCKE, Till STERZEL, Michael BÖTTINGER and Markus WROBEL
Digital earth summit on geoinformatics (2008): 226-232


Visualization is a key technology for analyzing and presenting climate simulations and observations as well as related social and ecological data. Furthermore, mediating research results to decision-makers and to the general public in an easily-understandable way is of growing importance.

This paper provides the results of a questionnaire with climate impact researchers using visualization and an overview of the state-of-the-art in climate visualization, incorporating standard visualization techniques, tools and systems as well as alternative approaches from visualization literature. Furthermore, specific aspects such as the simplified usage of complex visualization systems, climate models and data quality and the integration of statistics and visualization will be briefly discussed.

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