Space-Time Mapping of Mass Event Data

  • Christian E. Murphy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


In conventional thematic cartography the visualisation techniques to symbolise spatio-temporal phenomena are limited. On a two dimensional map temporal changes can only be visualised adequately as time series or by animation. To simultaneously visualise thematic data in space and time a third dimension must be added. In this work conventional cartographic symbolization meets the space-time cube to create a holistic 3D spatio-temporal visualisation model. The two dimensional proportional symbol mapping technique is adopted and extruded into the third dimension to model the temporal factor. Kernel density estimation is performed on the time line to create a temporal continuous model from discrete points in time. The resulting visualisation model is implemented into an earth viewer to enable the user to freely navigate the phenomenon and visually detect anomalies without losing the overall view. This tool is evaluated by visualizing the events of a mobile phone location dataset over space and time in one single model.


Visual analytics Geostatistics Thematic cartography 3D visualisation Mobile phone location data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CartographyTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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