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Atmospheric Science On a Sphere

Project Lead: David Reagan, Advanced Visualization Lab, Research Technologies, Indiana University

The Advanced Visualization Lab worked with IU Department of Geological Sciences professor Sara Pryor to visualize atmospheric particle concentrations using the Cyberinfrastructure Building’s Science On a Sphere installation. 

Using images and videos created with the AVL, Dr. Pryor demonstrated her research to the public at the dedication of IU’s new supercomputer, Big Red II. This project produced the first scientific dataset created by IU for the Science On a Sphere display. 

The state of Indiana has high concentrations of atmospheric particles that contribute to the state’s climate and the health of the state’s residents. Dr. Pryor uses IU’s supercomputers to simulate the creation and transport of these particles. AVL staff helped Dr. Pryor create images and videos for use on the Science On a Sphere display, a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere. 

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Atmospheric Sciences (301) - Atmospheric Sciences

Secondary Field: Computer Science (401) - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications