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Abstract Details

Activity Number: 215
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2011 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract - #300367
Title: Visualizing High-Resolution Climate Simulation Data Sets
Author(s): John Clyne*+
Companies: National Center for Atmospheric Research
Address: PO Box 300, Boulder, 80307, USA
Keywords: visualization ; climate

Unlike weather modeling numerical simulations of the earth's climate span not just days, but decades. Hence, climate modeling codes are capable of generating torrents of gridded data that must be subsequently analyzed with a variety of tools and techniques. As a consequence of these long time evolutions and limited computing resources, ironically, the spatial resolutions of solution grids employed in production climate modeling codes are quite coarse: a region the size of the United States is covered by only a handful of points, substantially blurring significant geographic features such as the Rocky Mountains. This lack of spatial resolution has had at least one benefit for climate researchers: graphical tools for displaying climate data can be quite simple. The demand for better climate prediction capabilities combined with the emergence of petascale supercomputing resources will change current practices. Next generation climate code will employ higher resolution grids and demand more sophisticated tools for analysis. This talk will explore state-of-the art visualization tools and methods, and their application to high-resolution climate data sets.

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