Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009: Seasonal CO2 Buildup and Reduction in North America

…from Wired Science

“Some of the most impressive images in science are produced when researchers take numerical data and represent it visually through modeling and computer graphics. The Department of Energy honored 10 of this year’s best scientific visualizations with its annual SciDAC Vis Night awards, at the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing conference (SciDAC) in June. Researchers submitted visualizations to the contest, and program participants voted on the best of the best. From earthquakes to jet flames, this gallery of videos and images show how beautiful (and descriptive) visual data can be.


“Here we see how levels of carbon dioxide build up in North America during the winter months and then drop during the summer. Plants convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds using the energy from sunlight, so changes in the amount of sunlight create seasonal differences in carbon dioxide levels. Data for this video was collected by NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5), which is a system of models designed to collect earth science data for climate and weather prediction.

“Image: DOE SciDAC Program/Jamison Daniel and David Erickson”