Excerpt from "Dynamic Earth"
A giant explosion of magnetic energy from the sun, called a coronal mass ejection, slams into and is deflected completely by the Earth's powerful magnetic field. The sun also continually sends out streams of light and radiation energy. Earth's atmosphere acts like a radiation shield, blocking quite a bit of this energy.
Much of the radiation energy that makes it through is reflected back into space by clouds, ice and snow and the energy that remains helps to drive the Earth system, powering a remarkable planetary engine — the climate. It becomes the energy that feeds swirling wind and ocean currents as cold air and surface waters move toward the equator and warm air and water moves toward the poles — all in an attempt to equalize temperatures around the world.
A jury appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science magazine has selected "Excerpt from Dynamic Earth" as the winner of the 2013 NSF International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for the Video category. This animation will be highlighted in the February 2014 special section of Science and will be hosted on ScienceMag.org and NSF.gov
This animation was selected for the Computer Animation Festival's Electronic Theater at the Association for Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), a prestigious computer graphics and technical research forum. This is an excerpt from the fulldome, high-resolution show 'Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine.' The Dynamic Earth dome show was selected as a finalist in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Science Media Awards under the category "Best Immersive Cinema - Fulldome".
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Computer Graphics Corona Coronal Mass Ejections Coronal Properties Earth Science Earth's Solar Shield HDTV Heliophysics Hyperwall Magnetosphere Narrated ocean circulation ocean currents Ocean Floor Ocean Heat Transfer Ocean Waves Oceans Physical geography Physical oceanography SDO Sea Surface Topography Solar Activity Solar Dynamics Observatory Solar Flares Solar Phenomenon Solar Ultraviolet Solar Wind Space Weather Sun-earth Interactions
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 4:00AM
Produced by - Werner Benger
Datasets used in this visualization
Terra and Aqua BMNG (Blue Marble: Next Generation)ID: 508Collected with MODIS
Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
This dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/See all pages that use this dataset
Hipparcos Tycho Catalogue (Tycho 2 Catalogue)ID: 550Database Collected with Telescope
Magnetic Field Lines (Luhmann-Friesen)ID: 615Model Collected with Luhmann-Friesen Magnetosphere Model (1979)
MERRAID: 684Analysis 2005/09/05 through 2005/09/19
Enlil Heliospheric Model (Enlil Heliospheric Model)ID: 685Model Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC)
MHD solar wind simulationSee all pages that use this dataset
BATS-R-US Magnetosphere ModelID: 686Model Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC)
MHD Magnetospheric simulationSee all pages that use this dataset
ECCO2 (ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model)ID: 707Model NASA/JPL 2005/04/25 through 2005/11/25
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