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Image - A VAPOR-ous view

Image of the week - A VAPOR-ous view


Passage of a cold front on 18 February 2008 over Georgia. The convergence of moisture ( colored flow lines with red corresponding to high moisture content and green color with low moisture content) along the front is presented using three dimensional vorticity. Image courtesy Thara Prabhakaran, University of Georgia.

The image at right shows a 3D image of a cold front, created with software from VAPOR, the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers.

VAPOR provides:

  • A visual data discovery environment tailored towards the specialized needs of the geosciences CFD community
  • A desktop solution capable of handling terascale size data sets
  • Advanced interactive 3D visualization tightly coupled with quantitative data analysis
  • Support for multi-variate, time-varying data
  • Close coupling with powerful interpretive data language,\.
  • Support for 3D visualization of datasets.

VAPOR runs on most UNIX and Windows systems equipped with modern 3D graphics cards.

The VAPOR development is led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Scientific Computing Division in collaboration with U.C. Davis and Ohio State University. Support for VAPOR is provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation via an NSF Information Technology Research grant

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