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Graphical Displays

Statistical and Numerical Computing

  1. Dan Carr

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vag024

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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Carr, D. 2006. Graphical Displays. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

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  1. George Mason University, VA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


The purpose of environmental visualization is to facilitate scientific and public understanding of environmental status, trends, and processes. Such understanding is incremental owing to: (i) the complexity of the environment; (ii) the difficulty of parsimoniously conceptualizing this complexity; (iii) the logistic and political impediments to collecting adequate, representative data; (iv) and the limits of human perception and cognition for understanding multivariate summaries. This article can only hint at the range of challenges faced in attempts to characterize the environment and communicate using graphical summaries. It can only touch on the background knowledge that helps experienced readers to assess and interpret environmental graphics. However, the background is important since environmental visualization goes far beyond routine production and superficial interpretation of environmental graphics. After a brief introduction, the focus of this article is on graphical design principles and graphical templates for representing environmental summaries.