Authors: Judith B. Cushing, Viriya Ratanasangpunth, Mike Bailey, Nik Stevenson Molnar, Kendra Schmal, Robert McKane, John Bolte, Christoph Thomas, Genevieve Orr, Kirsten Winters
Abstract: Better visualization tools for environmental science is a well documented need, and the Visualization for Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems project (VISTAS) aims to help scientists produce effective environmental science visualizations and to determine which visualizations are most helpful to scientists and their stakeholders. Focusing on 3D topographical visualizations, aiming to visualize across spatial and temporal scales, VISTAS software currently superimposes measured or modeled data on digital elevation models and allows side by side viewing of single frames, animations, or multiple images. This paper and poster present visualizations of three collaborators whose data might be enhanced by visualizing each other’s data in “cross-scale visualizations”. VISTAS is an interdisciplinary project among computer, environmental, and social scientists; we work jointly with create effective software and evaluate visualizations. VISTAS source and executable are freely available (blogs.evergreen.edu/vistas).