Visualization is a tool used to illustrate the future landscape given different scenarios and also to show historical events and changes in landscape.
Building a visualized landscape requires a series of data sets, for example, laser elevation models can be combined with data from forest plans, field inventories or satellite data. In addition, vegetation components are needed in 3D format that are realistic for Swedish forest and agricultural landscapes. The visualized landscapes are primarily generated in the software Visual Nature Studio 3, while the components are developed in Xfrog. The basic development of visualization is funded by the FoMa Council.
Visualization can be used as a resource in research and as an educational complement to traditional tables, graphs and maps.