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Visualising Air Pollution Datasets with Real-Time Game Engines

  • Uli MeyerEmail author
  • Jonathan Becker
  • Jessica Broscheit
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 932)

Abstract

Visualising Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), including air pollution data, can be used as an explorative tool in the context of workshops and maker labs. This requires a technology that has a low entry-level, but provides a powerful interactive prototyping framework. We describe the potential of real-time computer game engines as visualisation tools for interdisciplinary cooperation between non-experts and experts. We discuss how properties of air pollution, including invisibility, pervasiveness and its ability to permeate organisms, can be visualised with particle systems, and outline two use cases for different output devices, including AR and VR.

Keywords

Visualisation Air pollution Real-time engine Game engine Particle system Augmented reality Virtual reality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uli Meyer
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jonathan Becker
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jessica Broscheit
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CSTIHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

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