Sequence of Clouds, Snow Cover, Sea Ice, Sea Surface Temperature and Biosphere

  • Released Saturday, March 17th, 2007
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:55PM
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This animation is part of an NSF-funded, international project, Exploring Time. The two-hour television special, broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the spring of 2007, explores how the world changes over different timescales ... from billionths of seconds to billions of years. This animation portrays a variety of remotely sensed data elements at different temporal resolutions.

Initially, the animation shows cloud cover in motion over North America in half-hour increments from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, 2005. The temporal pace quickens to show a 5-day moving average of daily MODIS snow cover along with daily AMSR-E sea ice from Dec. 7, 2005 to Mar. 15, 2006. As the view swings south over the Gulf of Mexico, the AMSR-E Sea Surface Temperature reveals warming ocean temperatures from March through August, 2006. As it passes over the Atlantic Ocean, the biosphere fades into view, showing both chlorophyll concentration in the ocean along with Normalized Difference Vegetation Index over the land areas. The biosphere animates over time while the view pans over northern Africa and Europe, showing data collected from September 2002 through February 2006.

This program was also broadcast in Japan through a partnership with the NHK international broadcasting service and in France through a partnership with the ARTE television network.

This color bar denotes the values of the sea surface temperature.

This color bar denotes the values of the sea surface temperature.

This color bar denotes the values of the chlorophyll concentration.

This color bar denotes the values of the chlorophyll concentration.

This color bar shows the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index colors ranging from brown (low) to bright green (high).

This color bar shows the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index colors ranging from brown (low) to bright green (high).



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).


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