SC13 Denver, CO

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

Meso-to Planetary Scale Processes in a Global Ultra- High Resolution Climate Model.


Authors: Justin Small (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Julio Bacmeister (National Center for Atmospheric Research), David Bailey (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Frank Bryan (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Julie Caron (National Center for Atmospheric Research), David Lawrence (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Bob Tomas (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Joe Tribbia (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Allison Baker (National Center for Atmospheric Research), John Dennis (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Jim Edwards (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Andy Mai (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Mariana Vertenstein (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Tim Scheitlin (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Perry Domingo (National Center for Atmospheric Research)

Abstract: Community Earth System Model (CESM) output depicting hourly time steps of total column integrated water vapor (TMQ) across the globe for an entire year. The TMQ variable is represented by a 3D surface where the surface shape/height, color (black to white), and opacity (transparent to opaque) all redundantly represent the range of the variable's value from low to high. Time evolving patterns of circulation, seasonal changes, and proxies for hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are made apparent. The CESM is a fully coupled, global climate model that provides state-of-the-art computer simulations of the Earth's past, present, and future climate states. This ultra-high resolution global model shows developing weather patterns in rich detail, and helps researchers understand the effect of smaller, more localized weather on the dynamics of climate at the planetary scale. The visualization is produced from model data generated from the Advanced Scientific Discovery awards on Yellowstone, the petascale computing resource in the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), which opened in October 2012 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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