A Virtual Geographic Environment for a Simulation of Air Pollution Dispersion in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) Region

  • Hui Lin
  • Jun Zhu
  • Bingli Xu
  • Wenshi Lin
  • Ya Hu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The rapid economic development of the PRD (Pearl River delta) has led to severe air pollution. Air pollution control is critical for sustainable development. From a geographic viewpoint, this paper will focus on how to develop a virtual geographic environment (VGE) to study environmental issues. Unlike existing work, our methods pay attention to dynamic 3D volume representation in virtual PRD terrain environment, which make air pollution transportation and dispersion easily understood to public and officers. Moreover, some GIS spatial analysis and real-time interactive operation with VGE will also be implemented to support the management and control of atmospheric pollution. A prototype system is developed to construct a virtual geographic environment for simulating the PRD region air pollution and dynamic interaction. Experimental results prove that the scheme addressed in the paper is effective and feasible.


Pearl River Delta Pollution Dispersion Digital Elevation Model Data Pearl River Delta Region Scene Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hui Lin
    • 1
  • Jun Zhu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bingli Xu
    • 1
  • Wenshi Lin
    • 3
  • Ya Hu
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Space and Earth Information ScienceThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Surveying Engineering DepartmentSchool of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong UniversityChina
  3. 3.Department of Atmospheric SciencesSchool of Environmental Science and Engineering Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina

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