Special Issue "Geovisualization: Current Trends, Challenges, and Applications"

A special issue of Geographies (ISSN 2673-7086).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vassilios Krassanakis
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Guest Editor
Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering, School of Engineering, University of West Attica, 12243 Egaleo, Greece
Interests: cartography; eye tracking; geovisualization; GIS; visual perception
Dr. Andriani Skopeliti
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Guest Editor
Cartography Laboratory, School of Rural, Surveying and Geoinformatics Engineering (SRSE), National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Zographos, Greece
Interests: cartographic generalization; web mapping; VGI quality; spatial data quality visualization
Dr. Merve Keskin
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Department of Geoinformatics and Cartography, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI), National Land Survey of Finland, 02430 Kirkkonummi, Finland
Interests: cartography; spatial cognition; cartographic usability; eye tracking; GIS
Dr. Paweł Cybulski
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Department of Cartography and Geomatics, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-680 Poznań, Poland
Interests: cartographic animation; eye tracking; geovisualization; multimedia cartography; visual perception
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The process of geovisualization involves scientific techniques which are implemented in order to represent spatiotemporal information that describes geographic entities and phenomena. The application of geovisualization methods allows the visual exploration of geospatial data using static, animated, and interactive cartographic products. The majority of spatial analysis and geographic information system applications resulted in specific representations which could substantially support the identification of potential relationships, patterns and trends related to the spatial and temporal distribution of geographic data. Hence, the geovisualization process has become an essential part of different crucial research/scientific and professional domains. Undoubtedly, the immense availability of both open source and proprietary software tools, the considerable number of available sensors and devices, as well as the freely distributed geospatial data have contributed toward this direction. However, the popularity that geovisualization methods have gained implies several challenges and new solutions, especially considering the advent of the Big Data era.

This Special Issue aims to collect innovative and high-quality research articles related to current trends and challenges in the field of geovisualization in 2D and 3D. Additionally, possible contributions could describe specific applications in several related domains. Comprehensive and systematic literature review articles in the field are also welcome.

More specifically, potential topics include (but are not limited to) the followings:

  • New geovisualization design methods;
  • Geovisualization variables and principles;
  • Evaluation and/or comparison of different geovisualization methods;
  • New geovisualization software tools;
  • Theoretical and experimental studies in geovisualization;
  • Geovisualization and Big Data;
  • Geovisualization and VR/AR applications;
  • Geovisualization in local, mobile, and web environments;
  • Printed and digital map collections;
  • Geovisualization applications in different fields (e.g., spatial analysis and planning, environment, climate change, hydrology, geology, history, education, archaeology, epidemiology, biology);

Comprehensive and systematic literature reviews on any of the aforementioned topics.

Dr. Vassilios Krassanakis
Dr. Andriani Skopeliti
Dr. Merve Keskin
Dr. Paweł Cybulski
Guest Editors

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  • geovisualization
  • map design
  • cartographic applications
  • software tools
  • geospatial (big) data
  • cartography
  • geographic information science
  • geoinformatics
  • geography
  • spatial analysis and planning

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Automatic Unfolding of CityGML Buildings to Paper Models
Geographies 2021, 1(3), 333-345; https://doi.org/10.3390/geographies1030018 - 01 Dec 2021
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3D city models are mainly viewed on computer screens, but many municipalities also use 3D printing to make urban planning tangible. Since 3D color printing is still comparatively expensive and the colors often fade over time, many of these models are monochrome. Here, [...] Read more.
3D city models are mainly viewed on computer screens, but many municipalities also use 3D printing to make urban planning tangible. Since 3D color printing is still comparatively expensive and the colors often fade over time, many of these models are monochrome. Here, color textured paper models offer an inexpensive and under-appreciated alternative. In this paper, a greedy algorithm adapted to CityGML building models is presented, which creates print templates for such paper models. These 2D layouts consist of cut edges and fold edges that bound polygons of a building. The polygons can be textured or left blank depending on the existence of CityGML textures. Glue tabs are attached to cut edges. In addition to the haptic 3D visualization, the quality of the 3D models can sometimes be better assessed on the basis of the print templates than from a perspective projection. The unfolding procedure was applied to parts of the freely available CityGML model of Berlin as well as to parts of models of the cities of Dortmund and Krefeld. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geovisualization: Current Trends, Challenges, and Applications)
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