Earth  ID: 2395

Pulse of the Planet

Akin to a living creature, Earth's land, air, oceans, ice, and life fit together into a complex, interlocking system. Space affords a unique vantage point from which to observe the daily, seasonal, and annual changes in Earth's systems. Using data from advanced satellites, NASA visualizations portray a majestic, and sometimes violent, natural world and also capture the influences humans have on the planet.
Over 80 NASA-related earth science animations created over the past 8 years implementing realtime and non-realtime techniques have been used on this visual journey. Tools used included IDL, Lightwave3D, Final Cut Pro, Performer, Vis5D, and custom software.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Joycelyn Thomson (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Randall Jones (GST): Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Animator
James W. Williams (GST): Animator
Jesse Allen (Raytheon): Animator
Tom Biddlecome (Raytheon): Animator
Michael Mangos (GST): Animator
Steve Maher (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Dave Pape (NASA): Animator
Jim Strong (NASA/GSFC): Animator
George Fekete (Raytheon): Animator
Liam Krauss (Hughes STX): Animator
Edgar Russell (NASA): Animator
Dorothy Hall (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Janet Chien (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Fritz Hasler (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
G. Lai (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Ed Rodgers (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
M. Karyampudi (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Kannappan Palaniappan (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Steve Maher (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Antonio Busalacchi (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Darrel Williams (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Dennis Chesters (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Chris Kummerow (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Paul Newman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Bob Bindschadler (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
William Krabill (NASA/GSFC Wallops): Scientist
Serdar Manizade (NASA/GSFC Wallops): Scientist
Claire Parkinson (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
David Adamec (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Mark Friedl (Boston University): Scientist
John Hodges (Boston University): Scientist
Alfredo Huete (The University of Arizona): Scientist
Kamel Didan (The University of Arizona): Scientist
Alex Kekesi (GST): Writer
Jarrett Cohen (GST): Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio, Landsat-7 Project, and USGS EROS Data Center. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data presented on this web site are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye (NOTE: In January 2013, DigitalGlobe and GeoEye combined to become one DigitalGlobe.).