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3D Data Visualization Using The Unity Game Engine


Visualizing 3D data is an ideal task for game engines because they have been optimized over many years to leverage GPU video cards and generate high frame rates (screen updates per second) for video games running on Mac/Win/Linux PCs, mobile devices like the iPad, and game consoles like the Xbox360, Wii U, and Playstation. With this blindingly fast performance, game engines can just as easily visualize millions of environmental data points as display the millions of polygons that comprise a scene in a game like Call Of Duty.

Article / Publication Data
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Accepted On
February 15, 2013
Fiscal Year
Publication Name
CIRA Magazine
Published On
April 01, 2013
Final Online Publication On
April 16, 2013
Print Volume
Page Range
20-21 (18-19 of the magazine)
Submitted On
January 31, 2013
Project Type


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Authors who have authored or contributed to this publication.

  • jeff S. smith - lead Gsl
    Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University
    NOAA/Global Systems Laboratory