Wind and Ocean Circulation shot for Dynamic Earth Dome Show
This visualization was created for the planetarium dome show film called Dynamic Earth. It is rendered with a fish-eye projection, called domemaster, which is why it looks circular. In a dome, the image fills the dome's hemisphere so that the parts near the bottom of the image are low and in front of the view, the top of the image is behind the viewer, and the left and right sides are to the left and right of the viewer.
The camera slowly pushes in towards the Earth revealing global wind patterns. The wind patterns are from the MERRA computational model of the atomsphere. As the camera continues to push in, the winds fade away, revealing ocean currents which are driven, in part, by the winds. The ocean currents are from the ECCO-2 computational model of the oceans and ice. Only the higher speed ocean currents are shown. The camera moves around the Western Atlantic highlighting the Gulf stream from above and below. The camera finally emerges from beneath sea level and moves over to the Gulf of Mexico to examine the Loop Current.
This shot is designed to seamlessly match to the end of the Earth/CME shot (animation id #3551.). Topographic features are exaggerated 20 times above water and 40 times below water. The exaggeration is primarily to allow the viewer to distinguish the depths of the flow fields.
This visualization was shown in the "VR Village" at SIGGRAPH 2015.
Composite of wind/ocean circulation layers
Still image layer rendered for the Dynamic Earth movie poster showing the Gulf Stream flowing from the East Coast of the US off into the North Atlantic
Composite of Earth/CME(#3551) shot and this circulation shot stitched together as they are intended
Composite of layers the transition from CME/Earth with magnetic field lines into circulation earth
Composite of CME/Earth for transition
Cloudy eath layer that matches CME/Earth shot
Wind and ocean circulation layer
Star field layer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
- Thomas Lucas (Thomas Lucas Productions)
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
Datasets used in this visualization
Hipparcos Tycho Catalogue (Tycho 2 Catalogue)ID: 550Database Collected with Telescope
MERRAID: 684Analysis 2005/09/05 through 2005/09/19
ECCO2 (ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model)ID: 707Model NASA/JPL 2005/04/25 through 2005/11/25
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
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