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Welcome to PEARC20!
PEARC20’s theme is “Catch the Wave.” This year’s theme embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay on pace and in front of all the new waves in technology, analytics, and a globally connected and diverse workforce. We look forward to this year’s PEARC20 virtual meeting, where we can share scientific discovery and craft the future infrastructure.

The conference will be held in Pacific Time (PT) and the times listed below are in Pacific Time.

The connection information for all PEARC20 workshops, tutorials, plenaries, track presentations, BOFs, Posters, Visualization Showcase, and other affiliated events, are in the PEARC20 virtual conference platform, Brella. If you have issues joining Brella, please email pearcinfo@googlegroups.com.
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Thursday, July 30 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Environmental Visualization: Moving Beyond the Rainbows

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Pseudo-coloring is a well-established, fundamental tool for visualizing scientific data. As the size and density of data grows, increasingly more discriminatory power is required to extract optimum feature resolution. The environmental community, in particular, relies heavily on this technology to dissect and interpret a huge variety of visual data. These scientists often turn to traditional rainbow colormaps, despite their well-documented deficiencies in rendering dense detail. A popular default, the desaturated rainbow's non-monotonically varying luminance range misrepresents data. Despite increasing overall feature resolution, this variance creates hue simultaneity and vibration, introducing false artifacts, neutralizing swaths of data and impeding analysis. Drawing on artistic color theory, we hypothesized the desaturated rainbow could be improved by increasing luminance ranges, decreasing saturation, and employing hue-cycling to boost discriminatory power. These adjusted maps exhibit algorithmically corroborated higher feature resolve, a primary objective of all scientists interviewed, without distorting data in discordant false coloring. Our studies indicate that our maps are preferred by these domain scientists, thereby providing a potential alternative for effective, human-centric colormapping.


Thursday July 30, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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