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Colormapping resources and strategies for organized intuitive environmental visualization
- Samsel, Francesca, Wolfram, Phillip, Bares, Annie, Turton, Terece L., Bujack, Roxana
- Environmental earth sciences 2019 v.78 no.9 pp. 269
- color, environmental science, vegetation
- Visualizations benefit from the use of intuitive organized color application, enabling a clearer understanding and communication. In this paper, we apply the concept of semantic color association to the generation of thematic colormaps for the environmental sciences in combination with principals of artistic color theory to expand feature resolution and create visual hierarchies within a visualization. In particular, we provide sets of color scales, colormaps and color organization guidance for semantically aligned water, atmosphere, land, and vegetation visualization. Strategies for directing attention via saturation levels and saturation sets of colormaps enable deployment of these techniques. All are publicly available online and accompanied by tools and strategy guidance.