Interactive Visualization of Climate Data on the World Wide Web James Scott, Michael Alexander, Julia Collins, and Cathy Smith Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 1 • Introduction This type of design has all of the advantages listed above, yet it still has some drawbacks. Maintaining an Since the advent of the World Wide Web (WWW) archive of images can become cumbersome as the in the early 1990s, a tremendous amount of informa- number of datasets, variables, and statistics increases. tion has become available to the general public. The In addition, stored images have similar limitations to WWW allows a person to navigate "hypermedia"— that of a printed atlas in that the region of interest, text, images, or sound files that are linked together contour interval, etc., have already been determined. electronically. The WWW is an information presen- The electronic atlases developed at the Cooperative In- tation tool flexible enough to handle a wide range of stitute for Research in the Environmental Sciences data presentation methods and popular enough to reach (CIRES) 1 allow users to more fully explore datasets a large audience, making it an effective teaching or by focusing on
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 20, 1997
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