, Volume 612, Issue 1, pp 297–300 | Cite as

A GIS-based tool for storage, selection and visualization of time series 4D marine datasets

  • Ricardo N. FernandesEmail author
  • Vasilis D. Valavanis


We present an initial attempt for the development of a distributed and scalable GIS-like tool for the storage, selection and visualization of 4D marine datasets. The aim of this tool is to standardize the variety of data available for the water column and support non-technical marine biologists in manipulating 4D marine datasets. The tool is developed towards answering specific environmental and biological questions regarding ocean processes and essential fish habitat mapping in three dimensions.


Geographic information systems (GIS) Marine datasets Database 3D graphics 4D visualization 



The development of this GIS-based tool was supported by the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union through the Marie Curie Action ECOSUMMER. We thank the two referees that greatly improved earlier versions with constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marine GIS Laboratory, Institute of Marine Biological ResourcesHellenic Centre for Marine ResearchHeraklion CreteGreece

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