Monsoons: Wet, Dry, Repeat... Abridged Version
An abridged version of "Monsoons: Wet, Dry, Repeat..."
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Music: Letting Go by Mario Lauer, 24 Dimensions by Christian Telford, David Travis Edwards, Matthew St. Laurent, and Robert Anthony Navarro
The monsoon is a seasonal rain and wind pattern that occurs over South Asia (among other places). Through NASA satellites and models we can see the monsoon patterns like never before. Monsoon rains provide important reservoirs of water that sustain human activities like agriculture and supports the natural environment through replenishment of aquifers. However, too much rainfall routinely causes disasters in the region, including flooding of the major rivers and landslides in areas of steep topography.
This visualization uses a combination of NASA satellite data and models to show how and why the monsoon develops over this region. In the summer the land gets hotter, heating the atmosphere and pulling in cooler, moisture-laden air from the oceans. This causes pulses in heavy rainfall throughout the region. In the winter the land cools off and winds move towards the warmer ocean and suppressing rainfall on land.
This is an abridged version of a longer narrated visualization.
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
- Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA) [Lead]
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Datasets used in this visualization
Soil MoistureID: 405Model Collected with GEMS NASA NSIPP
GEMS stands for Goddard Earth Modeling System. It is also known as the NSIPP Global Climate Model.See all pages that use this dataset
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud CompositeID: 600Data Compilation Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 2014-2015
Global cloud cover from multiple satellitesSee all pages that use this dataset
MERRAID: 684Analysis 2014-2015
IMERGID: 863Data Compilation NASA/GSFC
This dataset can be found at: http://pmm.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/document_files/IMERG_ATBD_V4.4.pdfSee all pages that use this dataset
Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS)ID: 901Model UMD 2014-2015
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