InCorr: Interactive Data-Driven Correlation Panels for Digital Outcrop Analysis

Thomas Ortner, Andreas Walch, Rebecca Nowak, Robert Barnes, T. Höllt, Eduard Groller

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Geological analysis of 3D Digital Outcrop Models (DOMs) for reconstruction of ancient habitable environments is a key aspect of the upcoming ESA ExoMars 2022 Rosalind Franklin Rover and the NASA 2020 Rover Perseverance missions in seeking signs of past life on Mars. Geologists measure and interpret 3D DOMs, create sedimentary logs and combine them in ‘correlation panels’ to map the extents of key geological horizons, and build a stratigraphic model to understand their position in the ancient landscape. Currently, the creation of correlation panels is completely manual and therefore time-consuming, and inflexible. With InCorr we present a visualization solution that encompasses a 3D logging tool and an interactive data-driven correlation panel that evolves with the stratigraphic analysis. For the creation of InCorr we closely cooperated with leading planetary geologists in the form of a design study. We verify our results by recreating an existing correlation analysis with InCorr and validate our correlation panel against a manually created illustration. Further, we conducted a user-study with a wider circle of geologists. Our evaluation shows that InCorr efficiently supports the domain experts in tackling their research questions and that it has the potential to significantly impact how geologists work with digital outcrop representations in general.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9234473
Pages (from-to)755 - 764
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Geographic / geospatial visualization
  • digital outcrop analysis
  • integration of spatial and non-spatial data visualization
  • remote sensing geology


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