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Interactive exploration of coastal restoration modeling in virtual environments
Author(s): Andreas Gerndt; Robert Miller; Simon Su; Ehab Meselhe; Carolina Cruz-Neira
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Paper Abstract

Over the last decades, Louisiana has lost a substantial part of its coastal region to the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of the project depicted in this paper is to investigate the complex ecological and geophysical system not only to find solutions to reverse this development but also to protect the southern landscape of Louisiana for disastrous impacts of natural hazards like hurricanes. This paper sets a focus on the interactive data handling of the Chenier Plain which is only one scenario of the overall project. The challenge addressed is the interactive exploration of large-scale time-depending 2D simulation results and of terrain data with a high resolution that is available for this region. Besides data preparation, efficient visualization approaches optimized for the usage in virtual environments are presented. These are embedded in a complex framework for scientific visualization of time-dependent large-scale datasets. To provide a straightforward interface for rapid application development, a software layer called VRFlowVis has been developed. Several architectural aspects to encapsulate complex virtual reality aspects like multi-pipe vs. cluster-based rendering are discussed. Moreover, the distributed post-processing architecture is investigated to prove its efficiency for the geophysical domain. Runtime measurements conclude this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7238, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2009, 72380F (26 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.807171
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Gerndt, German Aerospace Ctr. (DLR) (Germany)
Robert Miller, C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, Inc. (United States)
Simon Su, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (United States)
Ehab Meselhe, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette (United States)
Carolina Cruz-Neira, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7238:
The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2009
Ian E. McDowall; Margaret Dolinsky, Editor(s)

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