Kirsten M. Winters

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The <i>nested blocks and guidelines model</i> is a useful template for creating design and evaluation criteria, because it aligns design to need [17]. Characterizing the outermost block of the nested model---the domain problem---is challenging, mainly due to the nature of contemporary inquiries in various domains, which are dynamic and, by definition,(More)
1 Introduction Our initial survey of visualization tools for environmental science applications identified sophisticated tools such as The Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers (VAPOR) [], and Man computer Interactive Data Access System (McIDAS) and The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV)(More)
The <i>Visualization for Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems</i> project (VISTAS) aims to help scientists produce effective environmental science visualizations for their own use and for use in presenting their work to a wide range of stakeholders (including other scientists, decision makers, and the public). The need for better visualization tools for(More)
Lake water quality is affected by local and regional drivers, including lake physical characteristics, hydrology, landscape position, land cover, land use, geology, and climate. Here, we demonstrate the utility of hypothesis testing within the landscape limnology framework using a random forest algorithm on a national-scale, spatially explicit data set, the(More)
A need for better ecology visualization tools is well documented, and development of these is underway, including our own NSF funded Visualization of Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems (VISTAS) project, now beginning its second of four years. VISTAS' goal is not only to devise visualizations that help ecologists in research and in communicating that research,(More)
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