Earth  ID: 3857

Clouds over Australia

This animation is a beauty shot of cloud model output over North America. The clouds are derived from the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5). GEOS-5 is a system of models integrated using the Earth System Modeling Framework and used to help refine atmospheric weather models.

The lighting of this scene is completely artistic and not scientifically accurate. If accurate lighting were used the diurnal effect would pulse across the globe approximately every 90 frames (3 seconds when played at 30 fps). The slow strobing would have been undesireable for the intended purpose of this animation, which is to highlight the cloud model output.

 

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Visualization Credits

Neema Mostafavi (USRA): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Ernie Wright (USRA): Animator
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Producer
William Putman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Mission:
Terra

Data Used:
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere 2/3/10-2/21/10
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation 2/04
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This item is part of this series:
Houston Symphony

Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> HDTV
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds
GCMD >> Location >> Australia
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0