MARINE INFORMATION OFTEN CONTAINS CONSIDERABLE INFORMATION GATHERED OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME. VISUALISING THAT DATA USING TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES CAN BE HARD. BLAKELEE MILLS LOOKS AT A TECHNIQUE THAT MAKES IT EASY FOR BOTH EXPERTS AND LAYPEOPLE ALIKE TO UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE
Analysing the many variables in a marine environment can be a challenge. Tidal patterns affect maritime traffic, coastal communities and aquatic breeding periods; water temperatures affect algae growth, which in turn affects marine animals and the fishing industry; the list goes on.
To further complicate matters, an important aspect of acquiring marine data is time. Typically, data is gathered over time, as opposed to spatially, which results in large, multi-variate datasets that contain a wealth of information. However, the information is not very useful if it cannot be properly visualised. Traditional 2D and 3D visualisation techniques such as line/scatter or bar plots are adequate for basic analysis but fall short when one needs to analyse both large and small data patterns.
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