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A screenshot from Missouri S&Ts 3-D visualization program V4DiR.

Using V4DiR, S&T researchers can now visualize global earthquake data from 1920 through 2012.

Credit: MIssouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers have developed Visualizing Four Dimensions in Rolla (V4DiR), a system that enables scientists to view data in three dimensions (3D) over various time spans.

Missouri S&T's Mark Bookout demonstrated V4DiR's capabilities by showing maps-in-motion of natural disasters, such as all of the world's earthquake occurrences from 1920 through 2012, and the tornado activity in the United States since 1950.

The researchers also have used V4DiR with a 3D immersion of a New Mexico mine that was created using LIDAR radar.

"One of the most powerful things to me is to watch how someone who sees it for the first time reacts to the visualization," Bookout says.

The researchers also note the potential of using V4DiR to visualize data related to research on how children with autism behave during various times of the day. "V4DiR has the potential to enhance any sort of research," Bookout says. "It allows us to use our natural pattern-recognition capabilities to isolate interesting groupings of information."

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