CS 795/895 - Applied Visual Analytics
Spring 2013: Mon 3-5:35pm, E&CS 2120

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  • Dr. Michele Weigle
  • mweigle at cs.odu.edu
  • E&CS 3214
  • Office Hours:
    M 1:30-3pm
    Th 9:30-10:45am




Tableau's data visualization software is provided through the Tableau for Teaching program.


Life in Hampton Roads Phone Survey

Contact: Dr. Tancy Vandecar-Burdin - tvandeca at odu.edu

Class Presentation (Jan 28) - Life in Hampton Roads Survey, 2010-2012 (pdf)

Human Perceptions in Flooding Challenges in Norfolk

Contact: Dr. Poornima Madhavan - PMadhava at odu.edu

Class Presentation (Jan 28) - Understanding the Human Dimensions of Flooding Challenges in Norfolk, VA (pdf)

Interested in ways to best represent

  • the relative impact of recurrent flooding on city's storm surge zones
  • the relative impact of recurrent flooding on socio-economic strata
  • the urgency of the flooding problem given the survey results

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Contact: Dr. Larry Atkinson and Liz Smith - {latkinso, exsmith} at odu.edu

Poster shown in class (Jan 28) - Increased Flooding Risk - Accelerating Threat and Stakeholder Response (pdf, zoomable)

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General Links

Data Sources

Other Notes on Visualizing this Data

From John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Riding Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis

There are two visuals that I think are needed to explain the problem with Sea Level Rise to audiences outside of the scientific and policy types at NCSE, i.e. "the public", and also other professional audiences. Here is my brief for each.

1. The basics that sea level cycles up and down 100 meters (approx 350 ft) plus with every ice age cycle, about every 100,000 years. It is now going higher with the unusual melting of glaciers, Greenland, and Antarctica, for first time in ten million years. When all the ice melts sea level will be 212 feet higher. Also the melting polar sea ice does not add to SL, which still surprises 99% of the public.

2. Coastal damage is a combination of the additive effects of four different events this century at the global level:

  1. Inexorable rise of SL, estimated to be between 1 meter (3 ft.) (mean consensus) to 10 feet plus, (3 m) (Hansen), with the exponential acceleration meaning that the worst effects are in the last decade or two of this century, BUT WILL CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE INTO THE NEXT, a very important reference that all the references omit.
  2. Tidal variation, including extreme tides.
  3. The "low probability event" of the Pine Island Glaciers disgorging per the forecast of John Martin, and corroborated by the separate studies by Rignot, Bamber, and Vaughn, could add two meters over the course of a decade, whether that occurs on the 2028 horizon implied by Martin's paper or not. But the increasing POSSIBILITY should be shown graphically.
  4. Changes to the AMOC and others that will cause the redistribution of the oceans regionally, e.g. Salinger et al.

Acceleration of A,C, and D due to methane and other factors that could be dramatic, but are currently ambiguous in timing and magnitude.