Is Virtual Reality The Future Of Air Pollution Modelling?
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This article discusses virtual reality (VR) techniques and their increasing use in science, business, and entertainment. A discussion is included that explores the possible future use of VR techniques in air pollution modeling. 1 Introduction In the last few months I have attended three computer exhibitions: Virtual Re- ality in New York, COMDEX in Las Vegas, and MacWorld in San Francisco. I am glad to report, to those of you who may not have noticed it, that the com- puter revolution is going stronger than ever. Two important new trends should be underlined because of their potential relevance to environmental scientists. The first trend is the increasing power of PCs (IBM-compatible and Macin- tosh-type machines). PCs' clocks can now run at more than 100MHz, thus pro- viding very substantial computer power. Many scientists have invested their ti