Graphical Presentation of Results from Scientific Computer Models

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Science  05 Mar 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4537, pp. 1191-1198
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4537.1191


The graphical presentation of the results of complex computer model calculations is frequently as important as the computation, since it is generally through such presentations that the modeler and the modeler's audience derive the maximum amount of information. In this article graphical techniques for presenting multidimensional model results are reviewed and examples are given of the most useful forms of presentation. Color graphics is used increasingly for the presentation of model results, and three types of color displays are discussed here: the chromatic plot, the binary chromatic plot, and the ternary chromatic plot. Their use is illustrated with examples from computer modeling of air quality in the urban atmosphere.