The ideas and techniques of virtual reality are now being made available for the creation of artificial or virtual geographies (a virtual geography refers to the creation of artificial geographies for use in research and teaching, using ideas and techniques from the field of virtual reality (VR)). Such virtual geographies are currently being constructed and used at a number of sites and include virtual cities, landscape visualization, visualizing past and future geographies, visualizing abstract concepts and taking people on virtual field courses.
Virtual Reality in Geography covers 'through the window' VR systems, 'fully immersive' VR systems and hybrids of the two types. The authors examine the Virtual Reality Modeling Language approach, and explore its deficiencies when applied to real geographic environments. This book will be of great interest to geographers, computer scientists and all those interested in multimedia and computer graphics. There is an accompanying CD-ROM containing a rich selection of images and pieces of virtual reality software.
This is a totally unique book covering an area of geography that is rapidly becoming used in all aspects of the field. It covers all the major uses and methods of virtual reality used by geographers and the lack of anything else written about the subject to date should ensure a wide readership. The authors have produced a CDROM that comes with the book of virtual reality images that will be a fascinating companion to the text.
Table of Contents
Virtual Reality in Geography. Virtual Archaeologies and the Hyperreal. Web Based Virtual Environments. Virtual Reality and GIS: Applications Trends and Directions. Visual Exploration of Virtual Environment. Building Information Rich Environments Using Geo-Referenced Digital Panoramic Imagery: Some Thoughts, Examples & Experiences. Visualizing Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes. The Application of VR Modeling in Assessing Potential Visual Impacts of Rural Development. Multi-Resolution Virtual Environments for GIS. Visualizing the Structure and Scale Dependency of Landscapes. Providing Context in Virtual Reality. A Tour of Tors. Virtual Cities. Data Collection Issues in Virtual Reality for Geographical Representation. Verisimilitude of Representations in Cultural Heritage. Urban Modeler. Virtuality and Cities: Definitions, Geographies, Designs. "Other" Worlds, Augmented, Comprehensible, Non Material Spaces. Explorations in Alpha World: The Geography of 3D Virtual Worlds on the Internet. Visualizing Data Quality Through Interactive Metadata Browsing. There's no There There': Virtual Reality, Space and Cartography. Virtual Reality: an Exploration Tool for Investigating the Cognitive Mapping and Navigation Skills of Visually Impaired People. Multimodal Virtual Reality for Presenting Geographic Information Virtual Cities and Built Environments.
Fisher, Peter; Unwin, David