Visual Computing

University of Konstanz
Computer Graphics Forum

Detail-In-Context Visualization for Satellite Imagery

J. Böttger, M. Preiser, M. Balzer, O. Deussen
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We use the complex logarithm as a transformation for the visualization and navigation of highly complex satellite and aerial imagery. The resulting depictions show details and context with greatly different scales in one seamless image while avoiding local distortions. We motivate our approach by showing its relations to the ordinary perspective views and classical map projections. We discuss how to organize and process the huge amount of imagery in realtime using modern graphics hardware with an extended clipmapping technique. Finally, we provide details and experiences concerning the interpretation of and interaction with the resulting representations.


  author    = {J. Böttger, M. Preiser, M. Balzer, O. Deussen},
  doi       = {10.1111/j.1467-8659.2008.01156.x},
  issn      = {1467-8659},
  journal   = {Computer Graphics Forum},
  keywords  = {I.3.6 [Methodology and Techniques], Interaction Techniques; H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation], User Interfaces},
  number    = {2},
  pages     = {587--596},
  publisher = {Blackwell Publishing Ltd},
  title     = {Detail-In-Context Visualization for Satellite Imagery},
  url       = {},
  volume    = {27},
  year      = {2008}