Geographic scenario: a possible foundation for further development of virtual geographic environments

2017/09/21

Journal:《International Journal of Digital Earth》

Cite as:Lü G, Chen M, Yuan L, et al. Geographic scenario: a possible foundation for further development of virtual geographic environments[J]. International Journal of Digital Earth, 2017(19):1-13.

Abstract:It has been two decades since virtual geographic environments (VGEs) were initially proposed. While relevant theories and technologies are evolving, data organization models have always been the foundation of VGE development, and they require further exploration. Based on the comprehensive consideration of the characteristics of VGEs, geographic scene is proposed to organize geographic information and data. We empirically find that geographic scene provides a suitable organization schema to support geo-visualization, geo-simulation, and geo-collaboration. To systematically investigate the concept and method of geographic scene, Geographic Scenario is proposed as the theory on developing geographic scene, and corresponding key issues of the Geographic Scenario are illustrated in this article. Prospects of the proposed method are discussed with the hope of informing future studies of VGEs.