SIGGRAPH 2015: Dailies Talk

  • Released Monday, August 3rd, 2015
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:49PM
  • ID: 4335

CALIPSO observes Saharan dust crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Visualizer and presenter: Kel Elkins


For the first time, a NASA satellite has quantified in three dimensions how much dust makes the trans-Atlantic journey from the Sahara Desert the Amazon rainforest. Among this dust is phosphorus, an essential nutrient that acts like a fertilizer, which the Amazon depends on in order to flourish.

In this talk, Kel Elkins describes how NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) creates animated visualizations using data from NASA missions. Kel describes step-by-step how data from NASA’s CALIPSO satellite was used to create a visualization depicting dust from Africa traveling through the atmosphere towards South America.

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