The state of the art in flow visualisation: feature extraction and tracking

Frits H. Post, Benjamin Vrolijk, Helwig Hauser, Robert S. Laramee, Helmut Doleisch
Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 22, Number 4 - 2003
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Flow visualisation is an attractive topic in data visualisation, offering great challenges for research. Very large data sets must be processed, consisting of multivariate data at large numbers of grid points, often arranged in many timesteps. Recently, the steadily increasing performance of computers again has become a driving force for new advances in flow visualisation, especially in techniques based on texturing, feature extraction, vector field clustering, topology extraction. In this article we present the state of the art in feature-based flow visualisation techniques. We will present numerous feature extraction techniques, categorised according to the type of feature. Next, feature tracking event detection algorithms are discussed, for studying the evolution of features in time-dependent data sets. Finally, various visualisation techniques are demonstrated.

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@Article { PVHLD03a,
  author       = "Post, Frits H. and Vrolijk, Benjamin and Hauser, Helwig and Laramee, Robert S. and Doleisch, Helmut",
  title        = "The state of the art in flow visualisation: feature extraction and tracking",
  journal      = "Computer Graphics Forum",
  number       = "4",
  volume       = "22",
  year         = "2003",
  note         = "0167-7055",
  url          = ""

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