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NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)



Goddard Space Flight Center is the home of a state-of-the-art supercomputing facility called the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) that is capable of running highly complex models to help scientists better understand Earth's climate.

To learn more about the unveiling of the NCCS, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate-sim-center.html

Short Video

link to gallery item Supercomputing the Climate

Supercomputing the Climate

This short video introduces the NCCS and takes you behind-the-scenes into the fascinating field of climate modeling. Using supercomputers to process data from satellite observations, these models are used to predict weather and give a picture of how the Earth's systems and climate are changing.
link to gallery item Michelle Thaller Live Shot Q&A

Michelle Thaller Live Shot Q&A

On Wednesday, June 2nd Michelle Thaller conducted live satellite interviews around the country. This is a version of the interviews.

B-Roll

link to gallery item NCCS Supercomputer

NCCS Supercomputer

B-roll footage of the supercomputer that is the heart of the new climate simulation center, able to perform a staggering 160 trillion or more calculations per second. (no audio)
link to gallery item NCCS Hyperwall

NCCS Hyperwall

B-roll inside Goddard's new Center for Climate Simulation visualization theater, which features a 17- by 6-foot multi-screen hyperwall. (no audio)
link to gallery item NCCS Interview Clips

NCCS Interview Clips

Select interview clips from Michael G. Bosilovich, meteorologist, NASA Goddard Global Modeling and Assimilation Office and Phil Webster, chief, NASA Goddard Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office.

Visualizations

link to gallery item GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 3.5-km Global Resolution

GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 3.5-km Global Resolution

This visualization shows clouds from a simulation using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Verison 5 (GEOS-5.). The global atmospheric simulation ran at 3.5 km per grid cell and covered a single day: January 2, 2009. The model output the results at 10 minute intervals. Since there is only one day of simulation data, the sequence of clouds repeats several times. The white flash indicates the sequence is about to repeat.
link to gallery item GEOS-5 Model Run Showing Hurricane Katrina

GEOS-5 Model Run Showing Hurricane Katrina

This visualization shows data from a global atmospheric assimilation model for August 2005.
link to gallery item GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 7-km Global Resolution

GEOS-5 Modeled Clouds at 7-km Global Resolution

This visualization shows clouds from a simulation using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Verison 5 (GEOS-5.). The global atmospheric simulation running at 7 km per grid cell covered the period from August 17, 2009 at 21 zulu, through August 26, 2009 at 21 zulu at 30 minute intervals.
link to gallery item GEOS-5 at 3.5-km & 10 Minute Interval

GEOS-5 at 3.5-km & 10 Minute Interval

This visualization shows clouds from a simulation using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Verison 5 (GEOS-5.). The global atmospheric simulation ran at 3.5 km per grid cell and covered a single day: January 2, 2009. The results of the simulation were written out at 10 minute intervals.
link to gallery item GEOS-5 Clouds at 5-km Resolution

GEOS-5 Clouds at 5-km Resolution

This visualization shows clouds from a simulation using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Verison 5 (GEOS5). The global atmospheric simulation ran at a resolution of 5-km per grid cell and covered a period from Feb 2, 2010 through Feb 22, 2010.
link to gallery item GEOS-5 Clouds at 28-km Resolution

GEOS-5 Clouds at 28-km Resolution

This visualization shows clouds from a simulation using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Verison 5 (GEOS-5.). The global atmospheric simulation ran at a resolution of one quarter degree (or about 28-km) per grid cell and covered a period from Feb 3, 2010 through Feb 13, 2010.
link to gallery item Earth Observing Fleet with GEOS-5 Clouds

Earth Observing Fleet with GEOS-5 Clouds

This visualization is an update to a previous visualization of NASA's Earth observing fleet of spacecraft. Also incuded in this version are a couple of commercial spacecraft as well as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. The spacecraft ephemerides are from February 2010.
link to gallery item MERRA Specific Humidity

MERRA Specific Humidity

This visualization shows the specific humidity dataset produced by MERRA, up to a geopotential height of 20 km. The height coordinate is greatly exaggerated. Both opacity and color are driven by the data value.
link to gallery item MERRA Relative Humidity

MERRA Relative Humidity

This visualization shows the relative humidity dataset produced by MERRA, up to a geopotential height of 20 km. The height coordinate is greatly exaggerated. Both opacity and color are driven by the data value.
link to gallery item MERRA Wind

MERRA Wind

This visualization shows the combined U and V components of wind at three different pressure levels: 850 mb, 500 mb, and 300 mb. The pressure coordinate is greatly exaggerated.
link to gallery item MERRA Combined Liquid Water and Ice Mixing Ratios

MERRA Combined Liquid Water and Ice Mixing Ratios

This visualization shows the combined liquid water and ice mixing ratio dataset produced by MERRA, roughly corresponding to cloud cover, up to an geopotential height of 20 km. The height coordinate is greatly exaggerated. Both opacity and color are driven by the data value.

High Res Images

Discover Supercomputer 1
link to gallery item Discover Supercomputer 1
The heart of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the "Discover" supercomputer. In 2009, NCCS added more than 8,000 computer processors to Discover, for a total of nearly 15,000 processors. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
Discover Supercomputer 2
link to gallery item Discover Supercomputer 2
Two rows of the "Discover"supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) contain more than 4,000 computer processors. Discover has a total of nearly 15,000 processors. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
Discover Supercomputer 3
link to gallery item Discover Supercomputer 3
This close-up view shows one row--approximately 2,000 computer processors--of the "Discover" supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS). Discover has a total of nearly 15,000 processors. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
Data Exploration Theater 1
link to gallery item Data Exploration Theater 1
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Data Exploration Theater features a 17- by 6-foot multi-screen visualization wall for engaging visitors and scientists with high-definition movies of simulation results. Here, the wall displays a 3.5-kilometer-resolution global simulation that captures numerous cloud types at groundbreaking fidelity. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
Data Exploration Theater 2
link to gallery item Data Exploration Theater 2
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Data Exploration Theater features a 17- by 6-foot multi-screen visualization wall for engaging visitors and scientists with high-definition movies of simulation results. Here, the wall displays a 3.5-kilometer-resolution global simulation that captures numerous cloud types at groundbreaking fidelity. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA)
link to gallery item Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA)
The Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) is producing a comprehensive record of Earth's weather and climate from 1979, the beginning of the operational Earth observing satellite era, up to the present. This visualization depicts specific atmospheric humidity on June 17, 1993, during the Great Flood that hit the Midwestern United States.
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