Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Living Earth - A simulation of Typhoon Haitang

Back in 2005, NASA released a Scientific Visualization of Earth using real data. This simulation's volume-rendered clouds de'pict seven days in 2005 when a category-4 typhoon developed off the coast of China.

Van Gogh-esque clouds swirl around planet Earth, trimming coastlines in cottony currents. NASA reports that the artistic animation may one day help them to predict extreme weather with high accuracy. The simulation at the time relied upon real-world ocean conditions, but otherwise ran without input from factors that influence the atmosphere, such as wind direction, temperature and moisture.

The project used a supercomputer simulation called 'Nature Run 2'. The simulated of Category-4 Typhoon Haitang (July 2005), based on 7 days of NASA's GOES-5 satellite data, included the winds peaking at ~160mph.

When you watch through this one and a half minute video, you start to see that Earth is very alive and connected.

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