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All Visualization Projects

One representative visualization from each visualization project is shown here, sorted by project title.

       
  High-resolution Climate Experiment  

CCM2 Precipitable Water at T170 Resolution
Visualizations of high resolution precipitable water data show the complex global circulation patterns in our atmosphere.

       
       
    CCM2 Cloud Fraction and Wind Simulation at T170 Resolution
Large scale stable precipitation (PRECL), cloud fraction, and meridional wind components are visualized using a high-resolution (T170) simulation of the CCM2 model.
       
       

 

 

CCM3T170   CCSM CAM3 T341 Cloud and Precipitation Simulation
The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) is the latest in a series of global atmosphere models developed at NCAR for the weather and climate research communities. CAM also serves as the atmospheric component of the Community Climate System Model (CCSM).
       
       
  CCM3T170   CCM3 Cloud and Precipitation Simulation at T170 Resolution
The NCAR Community Climate Model (CCM3) is a state of the art atmospheric general circulation model designed for climate research on high-speed supercomputers and select upper-end workstations. This cloud and precipitation simulation covers an entire year.
       
       
  CFC-11   CFC-11 Deep Ocean Penetration
CFC's are man-made pollutants which are extremely inert in sea water and detectable at very low concentrations. Observation concentrations provide a valuable measure of truth for computer models of ocean circulation, particularly with respect to their representation of deep water pathways.
       
       
   

Climate Change Simulation
Temperature anomalies are simulated for the past and future over a 230 year period in a mid-range scenario.

       
       
    Climate Change Simulation
Temperature anomalies are simulated for the past and future over a 230 year period in a mid-range scenario.
       
       
    Climate Change: Drought may threaten much of globe within decades
This analysis concludes that warming temperatures associated with climate change will likely create increasingly dry conditions across much of the globe in the next 30 years, possibly reaching a scale in some regions by the end of the century that has rarely, if ever, been observed in modern times.
       
       
    Clear Air Turbulence
NCAR and NOAA researchers worked together to study an incident where a cargo plane's engine was ripped off by clear air turbulence.
       
       
    CO2 & Temperature Differences
Monthly average temperature differences are shown here between a 1% CO2 transient experiment and a control run of the Parallel Climate Model (PCM) at T42 resolution.
       
       
    Compressible Convection in an Ionizing Fluid (CCIF)
The sun rings like a bell. By studying the acoustical properties of the sun we tell what the sun is made of.
       
       
  Coral Reef   Coral Reef Evolution
Coral reefs are one of nature's most beautiful and rich ecosystems, and rival rainforests in biodiversity. This simulation shows the long-term evolution of a coral reef, starting 21,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.
       
       
  MM5 Cyclone   Cyclone over Coastal East Asia
The ability to predict the behavior of large storm systems is an important and necessary tool for helping save lives and property that can be lost during severe weather events. The MM5 numerical model is used here to simulate the structure and evolution of an East Asia coastal cyclone that occurred in June of 1993.
       
       
  NCAR CSM   El Niño
El Niño events that occurred in 1982 and 1997 are shown by viewing global sea surface temperatures, global sea surface temperature anomalies, and tropical cloud cover.
       
       
  Forest Fire Simulation   Fire Simulation on Flat Land
The early results shown here help to understand the circulation dynamics of a fire storm on a flat land surface.
       
       
    Fire Simulation on 200 Meter Hill
This simulation prescribed similiar fuels to the flat land simulation, but with the addition of a 200 meter hill with upslope winds that drive the spread of the fire.
       
       
    Fire Shape, Twirls & Bursts
Explore the basis of the universal fire shape as well as twirl and burst behavior.
       
       
  GATE Cloud Systems   GATE Cloud Systems
A Cloud Resolving Model was run using data from a unique 3D Atlantic tropical experiment, and visualizations were produced showing the formation and evolution of cloud systems during a 7-day period.
       
       
  Global Warming Simulation   Greenhouse Gases & Sulfate Aerosols
Climate models are often used to simulate future climates assuming specific changes in our environment. Predicted global temperature changes are shown by computing the effects of expected increased atmospheric levels of carbon-dioxide and sulfate aerosols.
       
       
  NCAR CSM   Greenhouse Gases & Surface Temperature Change
Surface temperature and its predicted change due to increased levels of greenhouse gases are simulated over a period of several decades using the NCAR Climate System Model.
       
       
  Forest Fire Simulation   High-Resolution Daily U.S. Surface Weather
Daily total precipitation and daily maximum temperature are animated over a one-year subset (1997) of the 18-year Daymet U.S. Database of high-resolution gridded daily surface weather parameters.
       
       
    High Resolution, Multi-Century, Coupled Climate Simulation
This animation depicts year 109 from a 155 year climate simulation in which a 0.1 degree ocean and sea-ice model is coupled to a 0.5 degree atmosphere and land model.
       
       
    Historical Visualizations
See samples from the first 30 years of numerical computation and visualization in atmospheric science.
       
       
  HPCC Quasigeostrophic Turbulence   HPCC Quasigeostrophic Turbulence
Certain types of turbulence that occur in the oceans, atmosphere, or even on other planets are modeled using Quasi-Geostrophic equations. Visualizations of high resolution simulations are studied to help understand the evolution and interaction of rotating structures within a turbulent fluid.
       
       
    Hurricane Danny
This model simulates a complete eyewall with multiple rain bands with a structure similar to the radar analysis.
       
       
    Hurricane Diana Genesis
This simulation marks the first time a cloud-resolving simulation has been able to reproduce the formation of a tropical cyclone, given only information about atmospheric conditions on a scale much larger than that of the cyclone.
       
       
    Hurricane Katrina 72-Hour Forecast
This is a visualization of the forcast of Hurricane Katrina using the Weather Research and Forecasting model.
       
       
    Lightning and Ozone Production
Lightning emissions produce NOx which is used in the production of Ozone. The MOZART global atmospheric chemistry climate model, developed at NCAR, is used here to investigate this relationship.
       
       
  Mesoscale Convective Vortex   Mesoscale Convective Vortex Squall Line
The evolution of a squall line with a mesoscale convective vortex is modeled here using the Klemp-Wilhelmson numerical algorithm. The circulation patterns around the storm along with the interaction of rain, cloud water, and potential temperature are simulated.
       
       
  POP   Parallel Ocean Program (POP) Simulation
These animations were produced from POP .1 degree ocean simulation data. Colored bands reveal the stratification of ocean surface temperatures extending from the poles to the Earth's equator. Sea surface temperatures can range from below zero Celsius in the darkest blue areas to over thirty degrees Celsius in the red regions.
       
       
    Polar Vortex Breakdown
In early winter, cold temperatures result in the formation of a strong circumpolar flow in the stratosphere, known as the polar night vortex, producing favorable conditions for ozone depletion.
       
       
    Polar Vortex High Resolution Simulation
This new simulation of the stratospheric polar night vortex breakdown was computed at a significantly higher resolution than the previous one (two to four times the horizontal and vertical resolution).
       
       
  Penetrative Turbulent Compressible Convection   PTCC Enstrophy
The outer third of the Sun's radius is convectively unstable. Turbulent motions from this region known as Penetrative Turbulent Compressible Convection (PTCC) may penetrate into stable layers below, mixing temperature, momentum and chemicals.
       
       
    PTCC Pumping of Magnetic Fields
This research explores the transport of magnetic fields on the Solar surface by Penetrative Turbulent Compressible Convection (PTCC).
       
       
    Sea Ice and CO2 Levels
After 140 years of a 1% annual increase in CO2, this simulation shows a dramatic reduction in sea ice thickness at the North Pole. Results for the South Pole are also shown.
       
       
    Simulation of Big Elk Fire
This is a computer simulation of the Big Elk Fire, which occurred 7/17/02 near Lyons, Colorado.
       
       
    Solar Magnetic Eruption
Solar Magnetic Eruptions (SME), such as Coronal Mass Ejections and Solar Flares, and their impact on Earth's space environment are the target of this Space Weather research.
       
       
  Solar Magnetic Flux Tubes   Solar Magnetic Flux Tubes
Solar Magnetic Flux Tubes are magnetic field concentrations near the surface of the sun. Because of their close relation to their much larger cousins, sun spots, they are of great interest to researchers. Volume visualization is used here to study the formation and collapse of the flux tubes as they evolve over time.
       
       
    Stratosphere Circulation Simulation
This research looks at transport of chemical constituents in the lower stratosphere.
       
       
  Sulfate Aerosol Evolution   Sulfate Aerosol Evolution
The NCAR Community Climate Model (CCM3) is used to model sulfate aerosols in the atmosphere that originate from coal burning and smelting operations around the globe.
       
       
  Super Cell Lightning   Supercell Lightning Simulations
These animations model a 1.5 hour supercell evolution and visualize fractal-like lightning branch structures from the storm.
       
       
    TIDI Measurements of Upper Atmosphere Dynamics
The TIDI instrument collects upper atmosphere wind velocity data as the TIMED satelite orbits the globe. The data shown on the surface of the globe is a hyperslice in time and space depicting upper atmosphere wind speeds.
       
       
    Tropical Storm Russ over Lantau Island
The Clark-Hall model was used to visualize tropical storm Russ which swept over Lantau Island, site of the Hong Kong Airport.
       
       
  Typhoon Herb   Typhoon Herb
Typhoon Herb roared across northern Taiwan resulting in the loss of many lives and damage to property due to high winds, flooding, and landslides. Researchers are using advanced computer models and high resolution radar data to study this complex and deadly storm system. This visualization shows a comparison between the observed and model data.
       
       
    WRF-Nested Regional Climate Model Simulation of a Hurricane
This visualization simulates future regional climate changes in North America.