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Provenance: VAST Challenge 2017
Title: Grand Challenge


Mistford is a mid-size city is located to the southwest of a large nature preserve. The city has a small industrial area with four light-manufacturing endeavors. Mitch Vogel is a post-doc student studying ornithology at Mistford College and has been discovering signs that the number of nesting pairs of the Rose-Crested Blue Pipit, a popular local bird due to its attractive plumage and pleasant songs, is decreasing! The decrease is sufficiently significant that the Pangera Ornithology Conservation Society is sponsoring Mitch to undertake additional studies to identify the possible reasons. Mitch is gaining access to several datasets that may help him in his work, and he has asked you (and your colleagues) as experts in visual analytics to help him analyze these datasets.

Mitch realizes that explorations into each of these three areas (covered by the mini-challenges) will reveal important, enlightening information. However, could there be relationships among discoveries made across two or even all of the investigations that could reveal even more about what is happening across the nature preserve and how it is happening. Mitch remembers that you mentioned to him how important it is to analyze not only what is happening, but the entire range of "who-what-where-why-when- and -how". This understanding will enable him to pursue positive steps in helping to save the Rose-Crested Blue Pipit.

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Kris Cook, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Mark Whiting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Kristen Liggett, Air Force Research Laboratory
Diane Staheli, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jordan Crouser, Smith College
John Fallon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Total uses: 5
Used by:
Peking University
Singapore Management University
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Clear Presentation of Hypotheses and Supporting Evidence
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Award: Multi-Challenge Award for Compelling Synthesis of Information
University of Konstanz
VRVis Research Center

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