As in recent years, the contest offers the opportunity to transfer cutting-edge visualization research to a specific, real-world application scenario. Beyond the mere achievement of having solved an inherently tricky problem, we put out a number of other incentives to join the contest.
First of all, we are delighted to announce that we are directly collaborating with the editorial staff of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications (CG&A) in order to get the winning entry published as a peer-reviewed, full paper. The submission of the winning entry will be treated as an extended abstract for a CG&A submission. With winning the contest, it will successfully have completed the first of two review cycles. After the contest results have been announced, the winners will be asked to submit a revised and extended version of their submission. This paper will then undergo another formal review by CG&A.
Furthermore, if our climate scientists are really intrigued by your results and contributions, we might invite you (two team members) to Hamburg for a visit of DKRZ and MPI-M. Here you will be able to present your work and your visualizations to the climate scientists who provided the data and who work with the model and the data on a daily basis.
Finally, the contest will be a visible activity at IEEE VIS 2017. Dependent on available disk space, we hope to publish all positively reviewed entries via the electronic conference proceedings. Additionally, contest winners will be recognized with a certificate and provided the opportunity to present their work during the IEEE VIS 2017 Contest Session. The winning entry will also have the opportunity to present a poster during the IEEE VIS 2017 regular poster session. To support these onsite activities, one complementary registration for IEEE VIS 2017 will be provided to the contest winner. (Depending on circumstances, other submissions may also be granted some of these opportunities.)
A jury of climate scientists and visualization experts will carefully judge each submission. Since the main goal of the visualization contest is to promote the transfer of cutting-edge visualization research to concrete application domains, the rating will be in favor of the domain experts' assessments with a weighting of 2:1. Therefore, successful entries will first and foremost provide an insightful visualization that actually helps atmospheric researchers gain insight from the data provided.
A jury consisting of climate scientists working with ICON and running HD(CP)² simulations, as well as visualization experts judges each submission carefully.