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Cook, Dianne, Carolina Cruz-Neira, Bradley Kohlmeyer, Uli Lechner, Nicholas Lewin, Laura Nelson, Anthony Olsen, Sue Pierson, Jurgen Symanzik. 1997. Exploring environmental data in a highly immersive virtual reality environment. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 51:441-450

Geography inherently fills a 3D space and yet we struggle with displaying geography using, primarily, 2D display devices. Virtual environments offer a more realistically-dimensioned display space and this is being realized in the expanding area of research on 3D Geographic Information Systems (GISs). Traditionally a GIS has only limited tools for statistical analysis and 3D GIS research has concentrated on the visualization of the geographical terrain. Here we discuss linking multivariate statistical graphics to geography in the highly immersive C2 virtual reality environment at Iowa State University using mid-Atlantic streams data.

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