Physical Oceanography, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2007
AUTOMATION OF RESEARCH IN SEAS AND OCEANS
VISUALIZATION OF THE RESULTS OF HYDROTHERMODYNAMIC
V. G. Lyubartsev and S. P. Lyubartseva
We describe a software package developed for the visualization of the results of hydrothermody-
namic modeling and called the User Visualization Tool (UVT). The contemporary requirements
to the software of this sort are discussed. The UVT software enables one to perform the efficient
construction of the maps, vertical profiles, time series, and the sections of variability of the scalar
and vector variables of state of the sea. By using the models of the Mediterranean and Adriatic
Seas as an example, we demonstrate some possibilities of the package, perform its comparison
with similar software packages, and estimate the trends of its subsequent development.
The operative system used for the prediction of the state of marine media includes the following three com-
ponents: the system of observation in the mode close to the real time, the collection of hydrothermodynamic mo-
dels guaranteeing the possibility of prediction of the state of the system on various space and time scales, and
special tools used to spread and apply the results of predictions in the society. In order to be demanded by the
society, the final product of the operative system used for predictions must be not only based on the results of
advanced scientific investigations but also highly technological. This requires the application of specialized
software aimed at the visualization of the results of hydrothermodynamic modeling. The indicated software is
developed at the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences within the fra-
mework of the MFSTEP (Mediterranean Sea Forecasting System: Toward Environmental Predictions; www.bo.
ingv.it/mfstep) international project. This software called the User Visualization Tool (UVT) and aimed at the
visualization of the results of modeling for the final users is described in the present work. The idea of creation
of the UVT belongs to the coordinator of the indicated project Prof.
Pinardi from the Bologna University
(Italy). The developers were faced with the problem of creation of an adaptive powerful (covering a broad circle
of interests of potential users) and user-friendly package whose application does not require the knowledge of
programming. In addition, according to the contemporary concepts, it should be based on the extensive
application of automatic “intellectual” algorithms of visualization with minimum participation of the user up to
the final stages. For the final user, it is not necessary to understand the complex architecture of the package
whose functions should be optimized, each adjustment should be indeed necessary, and the number of
adjustments should be made as small as possible. The program product developed within the framework of this
approach makes it possible to solve the problem of visualization with maximum possible efficiency. Actually,
this is the main difference of the UVT from the SURFER and GRAPHER universal packages quite popular in
the oceanological investigations.
The UVT package is designed for the Windows (98, NT, 2000, XP) operating system. It does not have any
Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Sevastopol.
Translated from Morskoi Gidrofizicheskii Zhurnal, No.
59–68, September–October, 2007. Original article submitted May 6,
2006; revision submitted June 5, 2006.
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