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CEV using IRIS Explorer and more recently, the Collaborative Ocean Visualization Environment (COVE) has developed a number of visualizations of bathymetry and the ocean. Typical representations use color to represent depth, however, other parameters such as acoustic backscatter also can be represented.
Note, COVE also can overlay any image or texture on top of topography, similar to Google Earth. Geo-referenced images are the basis of a number of CEV visualizations.