Informatics, Visualization

Jebb Stewart, Section Chief

  • SOS®

    SOS at AMS 2015

    Researchers at NOAA developed SOS® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

    Learn more about SOS® >>

  • SOS Explorer

    SOS Explorer on a laptop

    SOS Explorer uses the NOAA-developed TerraViz visualization engine to create an interactive Earth for a flat screen display including those projected on walls, computers, tablets and phones, providing teachers and students in the classroom access to a library of over 500 SOS® datasets and movies. The visualizations show information provided by satellites, ground observations and computer models and rapidly animate through real-time global data.

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  • TerraViz

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    The TerraViz platform powers multiple projects within GSD including SOS Explorer and the NOAA Earth Information System. It supports a variety of use cases ranging from public outreach to scientific analysis. Designed for a world where everything is in motion, TerraViz allows fluid data integration and interaction across four dimensions, providing a tool for exploring NOAA's vast collection of information.

    Watch the TerraViz Demonstration Video >>

  • Central Weather Bureau (CWB)

    Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan

    GSD's primary objectives with the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan are: improvement and verification of short-range forecasting using STMAS, and development of high-resolution forecast product generation assistance tools. GSD is one of many NOAA offices working with the CWB to improve their hazardous weather monitoring and forecasts.

  • Education

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    GSD encourages school aged learners to get excited about science and weather. We provide a number of resources for teachers and students who want to learn more. Our premier teaching tool is Science on a Sphere®, for which we have a well-developed curriculum.

    Visit our Education Resources page or our SOS® Education page.

  • NEIS

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    The NOAA Earth Information System (NEIS) is a framework of layered services designed to help the discovery, access, understanding, and visualization of data from the past, present, and future. The goal is to ingest "big data" and convert that information into efficient formats for real-time visualization, providing a tool for everything NOAA does and the people NOAA affects.

    Learn more about NEIS >>


    Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at CSU Tests HIWPP

    The High Impact Weather Prediction Project (HIWPP) is looking to improve the United States' operational global numerical weather prediction systems. In the next two years we seek to improve our hydrostatic-scale global modeling systems and demonstrate their skill. In parallel, we will accelerate the development and evaluation of higher-resolution, cloud-resolving (non-hydrostatic) global modeling systems that could make a quantum leap forward in our nation’s forecast skill, targeting 2020 and beyond.

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    Advanced Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System

    Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT) is a project to quantify the influence of UAS environmental data to high impact weather prediction and assess the operational effectiveness of UAS to help mitigate the risk of satellite observing gaps. Through a partnership with NASA, NOAA will conduct missions using advanced UAS for prototype data collection. These targeted observations from aircraft in oceanic regions can significantly improve how well weather models forecast significant meteorological events such as tropical storms, winter storms and major floods.

    Learn more about SHOUT >>