Sophisticated interactive maps are increasingly used to explore information - guiding us through data landscapes to provide information and prompt insight and understanding. Geovisualization is an emerging domain that draws upon disciplines such as computer science, human-computer interaction design, cognitive sciences, graphical statistics, data visualization, information visualization, geographic information science and cartography to discuss, develop and evaluate interactive cartography.

This review and exploration of the current and future status of geovisualization has been produced by key researchers and practitioners from around the world in various cognate fields of study. The thirty-six chapters present summaries of work undertaken, case studies focused on new methods and their application, system descriptions, tests of their implementation, plans for collaboration and reflections on experiences of using and developing geovisualization techniques.

In total, over 50 pages of color are provided in the book along with more than 250 color images on an enclosed CD-ROM.


Computer science (particularly scientific visualization), information science (particularly information visualization and human-computer interaction), geographic information science (particularly cartography and geocomputation), statistics (particularly exploratory data analysis), and information design.

Table of Contents

Preface. Digital Appendices. Acknowledgments. List of Contributors. Introduction: Exploring Geovisualization. 1. Exploring geovisualization (J. Dykes, A.M. Maceachren, M.-J. Kraak). Section A. Geovisualization in context: perspectives from related disciplines. 2. Information visualization: scope, techniques and opportunities for geovisualization (D.A. Keim, C. Panse, M. Sips). 3. Information visualization and the challenge of universal usability (C. Plaisant). 4. Beyond tools: visual support for the entire process of GIScience (M. Gahegan). Section B. Creating instruments for ideation: software approaches to geovisualization perspectives. 5. Creating instruments for ideation: software approaches to geovisualization (G. Andrienko et al.). 6. Statistical data exploration and geographical information visualization (M. Theus). 7. Graph drawing techniques for geographic visualization (P. Rodgers). 8. Exploratory visualization with multiple linked views (J.C. Roberts). 9. Visualizing, querying and summarizing individual spatio-temporal behaviour (D. Mountain). 10. Impact of data and task characteristics on design of spatio-temporal data visualization tools (N. Andrienko, G. Andrienko, P. Gatalsky). 11. Using multi-agent systems for GKD process tracking and steering: the land use change explorer (M. Wachowicz, Xu Ying, A. Ligtenberg). 12. Signature exploration, a means to improve comprehension and choice within complex visualization processes: issues and opportunities (P. Noy). 13. Facilitating interaction for geovisualization (J. Dykes). Section C. Using 3D in visualization. 14. Using 3D in visualization (J.


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About the editors

J. Dykes

Affiliations and Expertise

City University, London , UK

A.M. MacEachren

Affiliations and Expertise

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

M.-J. Kraak

Affiliations and Expertise

ITC, Enschede, The Netherlands 1


"I confess I have found this well set out, academically rigorous account very satisfying, and have been seriously educated by it...The text is surprisingly easy to read and comprehend. The contents are well ordered adn flow logically from 'exploring geovisualization' in the first chapter to 'Advancing geovisualization' in the final chapter...If you want a book which drags you from the wall maps of ogilby via mudge to the state of the art cartography of the 21st century, this is the kindest and (I believe) most authoritative way of achieving it. If you wish for expert and exhaustive information about present trends you need look no further." -Dr. Geoffrey Tapper, Shaftesbury,Dorset, IMCOS JOURNAL