Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs): A New Generation of Geographic Analysis Tool
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AbstractVirtual Geographic Environments (VGEs) are proposed as a new generation of geographic analysis tool to contribute to human understanding of the geographic world and assist in solving geographic problems at a deeper level. The development of VGEs is focused on meeting the three scientific requirements of Geographic Information Science (GIScience) multi-dimensional visualization, dynamic phenomenon simulation, and public participation. To provide a clearer image that improves user understanding of VGEs and to contribute to future scientific development, this article reviews several aspects of VGEs. First, the evolutionary process from maps to previous GISystems and then to VGEs is illustrated, with a particular focus on the reasons VGEs were created. Then, extended from the conceptual framework and the components of a complete VGE, three use cases are identified that together encompass the current state of VGEs at different application levels: 1) a tool for geo-object-based multi-dimensional spatial analysis and multi-channel interaction, 2) a platform for geo-process-based simulation of dynamic geographic phenomena, and 3) a workspace for multi-participant-based collaborative geographic experiments. Based on the above analysis, the differences between VGEs and other similar platforms are discussed to draw their clear boundaries. Finally, a short summary of the limitations of current VGEs is given, and future directions are proposed to facilitate ongoing progress toward forming a comprehensive version of VGEs. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
All Author(s) ListLin H, Chen M, Lu GN, Zhu Q, Gong JH, You X, Wen YN, Xu BL, Hu MY
Journal nameEarth-Science Reviews
Year2013
Month11
Day1
Volume Number126
PublisherElsevier
Pages74 - 84
ISSN0012-8252
eISSN1872-6828
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCollaborative geographic experiment; Geographic phenomenon simulation; Interaction; Spatial analysis; Virtual Geographic Environments (VGEs)
Web of Science Subject CategoriesGeology; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary; GEOSCIENCES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

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