Scientific Visualization

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The graphical representation of complex physical phenomena in order to assist scientific investigation and to make inferences that aren’t apparent in numerical form. Typical examples include processing of satellite photographs and 3D representations of molecules and fluids to examine their dynamics.
[Usability First, 2003]

Scientific visualization is a branch of computer graphics which is concerned with the presentation of interactive or animated digital images to scientists who interpret potentially huge quantities of laboratory or simulation data or the results from sensors out in the field.
[Wikipedia, 2005]

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involves scientific data with an inherent physical component
[Tory and Möller, 2004]

see also: Visualization, Information Visualization

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