Earth  ID: 4243

Volume-Rendered Global Atmospheric Model: Photorealistic Rendering

This visualization shows an attempt at creating a photorealistic view of the Earth based on data from NASA's Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5). This particular model run, called 7km GEOS-5 Nature Run (7km-G5NR), spanned 2 years of simulation time at 30 minute intervals, but only a single timestep was used for this visualization. Each voxel of the 3d volume of data contains numerous physical parameters are available such as temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, humidity, etc. This visualization uses a combination of the CLOUD and TAUIR parameters.

The goal of this animation was to make a realistic looking Earth using the GEOS-5 data. The height is exaggerated 4 times.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
William Putman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
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Data Used:
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere also referred to as: GEOS-5 Cubed-Sphere
The model is the GEOS-5 atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere, run at 14-km global resolution for 30-days. GEOS-5 is described here and the cubed-sphere work is described here
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