Earth  ID: 3935

Modelling Weather: Wind, Clouds, and T2M.

This visualization shows a Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) run for most of the month of June, 2005. The simulation was seeded at the beginning of the run and then ran on its own to create a 2 year simulation. Only 25 days of the full run are depicted here.

The ocean color layer ranging from blue to orange depict air temperatures 2 meters (T2M) above sea level. Since Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) are typically measured at sea level and below, the T2M model output behaves somewhat differently. Nonetheless, it is a reasonable proxy to SST.

Landcover information is taken from the Next Generation Blue Marble dataset.

Sea Ice is depicted as solid white and clouds are shades of white.

The wind layer is depicted as flowing white arrows.

This project was developed in support of a hyperwall show titled "Pursuit of Light" which is scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2012 at the Smithsonian Uvar-Hazy Center during the space shuttle Discovery Transfer Ceremony on a Jumbotron. The hyperwall itself is a multi-screen display system that allows for the display of very high resolution images beyond current 1080p HDTV standards, allowing for much greater detail to be shown on much larger screens. Please click here for more information on NASA's travelling hyperwall.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
William Putman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Science Paper:
Putman, W. M., and M. Suarez (2011), Cloud-system resolving simulations with the NASA Goddard Earth Observing System global atmospheric model (GEOS-5), Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L16809, doi:10.1029/2011GL048438.

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Data Used:
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model 6/1/2005 - 6/25/2005
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> Cloud Cover
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Winds >> Wind Shear
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds >> Cloud Amount/Frequency
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds >> Cloud Asymmetry
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds >> Cloud Forcing
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Circulation >> Wind-driven Circulation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Winds >> Wind Shear
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Atmosphere >> Winds >> Circulation
SVS >> Wind Patterns
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