The WOW project is dedicated to bringing innovative ways to learn about
the scientific world. The following tools are interactive visualization
programs that can be used online to view specific types of data, manipulate
variables, or even see changes over time.
To use these program, all you need is a browser that runs Java version
1.1 applets. Netscape and Internet Explorer versions 4 and higher have
this capability. If you are behind a firewall the standalone Profile
Plotter and Color Mapper programs may be unable to communicate with our
data server. The DVTools versions use a different method to get the data
and should not have any trouble with firewalls.
- Profile Plotter is a program that displays interactive line graphs.
Users can choose from a number of different variables to plot and then
run the program to see how those variables change over time. Simple
plotting of a variable versus depth can show how the location of the
thermocline varies with time and can illustrate events such as spring
and winter turnover or even year to year variability. This program
is meant to be used with current RUSS data and runs online.
- Color Mapper is a visually appealing program which takes data and
creates color maps combined with line plots for any 2 RUSS parameters
for any lake. It steps through individual data profiles to create animations
as per the Profile Plotter.
- DVT Toolkit is a collection of programs -- it includes the Profile
Plotter, the Color Mapper, and a third program, the Depth vs. Time
Plotter (DxT). The DVT Toolkit can be run on-line, or downloaded and
run without an Internet connection.