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Visual Exploration of the Vulcan CO₂ Data
January/February 2009 (vol. 29 no. 1)
pp. 6-11
Nathan Andrysco, Purdue University
Kevin Robert Gurney, Purdue University
Bedrich Beneš, Purdue University
Kathy Corbin, Colorado State University
Advances in scientific understanding have confirmed the fact of climate change driven primarily by rising carbon dioxide levels. Current understanding of CO₂ emissions at space-time scales that are meaningful for carbon-cycle science, climate-change research, industrial management, and carbon trading is limited. The Vulcan Project quantified 2002 US fossil-fuel CO₂ emissions down to the level of individual factories, power plants, roadways, and subcounty residential areas and placed the complete inventory on a common 10 km2/hourly grid to facilitate atmospheric modeling. Standard volume or GIS techniques can help visualize the data, but its size requires specialized techniques.

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Index Terms:
visual analytics, CO₂, multivariate and spatiotemporal data, volume visualization, GIS, interactive visualization, Vulcan Project
Nathan Andrysco, Kevin Robert Gurney, Bedrich Beneš, Kathy Corbin, "Visual Exploration of the Vulcan CO₂ Data," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 6-11, Jan.-Feb. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCG.2009.19
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