Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 1086–1094 | Cite as

Web-based spatiotemporal visualization of marine environment data

  • Yawen He (何亚文)
  • Fenzhen Su (苏奋振)Email author
  • Yunyan Du (杜云艳)
  • Rulin Xiao (肖如林)


With long-term marine surveys and research, and especially with the development of new marine environment monitoring technologies, prodigious amounts of complex marine environmental data are generated, and continuously increase rapidly. Features of these data include massive volume, widespread distribution, multiple-sources, heterogeneous, multi-dimensional and dynamic in structure and time. The present study recommends an integrative visualization solution for these data, to enhance the visual display of data and data archives, and to develop a joint use of these data distributed among different organizations or communities. This study also analyses the web services technologies and defines the concept of the marine information gird, then focuses on the spatiotemporal visualization method and proposes a process-oriented spatiotemporal visualization method. We discuss how marine environmental data can be organized based on the spatiotemporal visualization method, and how organized data are represented for use with web services and stored in a reusable fashion. In addition, we provide an original visualization architecture that is integrative and based on the explored technologies. In the end, we propose a prototype system of marine environmental data of the South China Sea for visualizations of Argo floats, sea surface temperature fields, sea current fields, salinity, in-situ investigation data, and ocean stations. An integration visualization architecture is illustrated on the prototype system, which highlights the process-oriented temporal visualization method and demonstrates the benefit of the architecture and the methods described in this study.


marine environmental data web services marine information grid spatio-temporal visualization process-oriented integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yawen He (何亚文)
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fenzhen Su (苏奋振)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yunyan Du (杜云艳)
    • 1
  • Rulin Xiao (肖如林)
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina
  2. 2.Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone ResearchCASYantaiChina
  3. 3.Graduate School of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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