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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