GSD works to bring the latest concepts in informatics including data parsing, cross platform collection, bundling, compression, and distribution to be prepared for next generation needs for access and visualization.
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.
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.
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.
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.