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Transformative Tools

Serving researchers based at universities and laboratories as well as its own staff, NCAR maintains a world-class fleet of facilities for observing and modeling the Earth system, from a powerful new aircraft to software that depicts the atmosphere in compelling detail

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Filling in the gaps | Tiny troubles in the air | Coding the atmosphere | A magnetic team |

Layering the atmosphere | A window on water vapor | A research aircraft is born

 
HIGHLIGHTS Multimedia

videoMean sea level surface pressure and 3-D jet streams (15 seconds, QuickTime movie)

videoIDV Visuals & Multimedia Gallery

web iconIDV - Integrated Data Viewer Software

 

Layering the atmosphere

A software framework developed by UOP’s Unidata Program Center helps researchers to put together instructive and useful blends of weather data from disparate sources. The Integrated Data Viewer is a freely available Java-based tool for analyzing and visualizing geoscience data. Continually developed and improved since its release in 2002, the IDV helps hundreds of researchers and educators each year produce two- and three-dimensional views of the Earth system, illuminating everything from weather conditions during field projects to the motion of tectonic plates. The software allows users to interactively slice, dice, and probe the data, creating cross sections, profiles, and animations out of multidimensional data sets. “The IDV can display any Earth-located data if it is provided in a known format,” says Unidata developer Donald Murray. “We want to provide new and innovative ways of displaying and analyzing data, as well as the common displays that many users have come to expect.
IDV 3-D globe

Unidata’s IDV puts a 3-D spin on geoscience data. [LAUNCH ANIMATION] (15 seconds, QuickTime movie).

 

Filling in the gaps | Tiny troubles in the air | Coding the atmosphere | A magnetic team |

Layering the atmosphere | A window on water vapor | A research aircraft is born