CISL Visualization Gallery

Surface Temperatures from Climate Change vs. Geoengineering

This visualization describes temperature changes relative to years 2015-2024 from unabated climate change (RCP8.5) and stratospheric sulfate aerosol geoengineering (using feedback) simulated by a state-of-the-art coupled earth system model. Geoengineering, often using stratospheric sulfate aerosols, is discussed as a potential means of deliberately offsetting some of the effects of climate change, such as rising temperatures.…

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Deep Water Impact Ensemble Data Set

The Deep Water Impact Ensemble Data Set was generated from large simulations of asteroids crashing into the ocean. These simulations were run using various sizes of asteroids and angles of entry in order to study the aftermath of the impacts. The data set was the subject matter for the 2018 IEEE VIS SciVis Contest, held…

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Wind Speed

This visualization shows the magnitude of the wind speed over the course of one year from atmosphere-only simulations of the high resolution (horizontal 1/4 degree) Community Earth System Model simulating the present day climate.   Movies Movie File (.mp4, 1920×1080, 588MB) Images Science Credits Susan Bates and Nan Rosenbloom Computational Resources This research used resources…

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Planetary Water Vapor

This visualization shows hourly time steps of CESM1 total column integrated water vapor (TMQ) for one year. The value of TMQ at each point determines the amount of 3D surface displacement. Higher values of TMQ have a larger displacement, helping to visually identify regions with the most significant temporal changes in water vapor. Movies Quicktime…

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Wind Turbine Performance

Wind Turbine Simulation And Its Animation: Computational Study of Wind Turbine Performance And Loading Response to Turbulent Atmospheric Inflow Conditions Movies Images Developers: University of Wyoming: Dimitri Mavriplis Michael Stoellinger Michael Brazell Andrew Kirby Zhi Yang Parallel Geometric Algorithms, LLC.: Jay Sitaraman Visualization and Meshing Support: Intelligent Light: Earl Duque Brad Whitlock University of Wyoming…

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NCAR’s Wind Forecast Improvement Project 2

By the end of 2016, the state of Oregon had an installed wind generating power capacity of over 3 Gigawatts. Wind power, while clean and renewable, requires constant load balancing due to variable weather conditions. These conditions must be met with state of the art forecasting methods in order to maximize load balancing efficiency. New…

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Hurricane Odile

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  Hurricane Odile swept across the Baja California Peninsula in September 2014 leaving behind widespread damage, flooding, and power outages. It reached category 4 intensity before weakening as it tracked across the length of the peninsula. This visualization is a 15-minute Hurricane Weather Research Forecast (HWRF) simulation (1251x1251x61) of Hurricane Odile shortly after it made…

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Drought Potential in the 21st Century


The United States and many other heavily populated countries face a growing threat of severe and prolonged drought in coming decades, according to a new study by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai. The detailed analysis concludes that warming temperatures associated with climate change will likely create increasingly dry conditions across much…

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