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Scientific visualizations provide a look into the details and complexities of the climate and weather phenomena simulated by climate models. C2SM offers support in the areas of scientific visualization and also web programming.

To see some of our recent animations please click here

In collaboration with the ETH Scientific IT Services (SIS) unit, C2SM offers support in the areas of scientific visualization and web programming. If you need support in one of these areas, please refer to the following project submission workflow, which describes the different steps by which a C2SM-affiliated research group/project can request support for the development of a scientific visualization or web sites/platforms. In the following "SciViz" can refer to "scientific visualization" or "web programming".

SciViz project submission workflow:

SciViz workflow  
Workflow for the design and implementation of the scientific visualization projects

Step 1 - Preparation of a simple project proposal:     

Projects for the development of a SciViz product can be proposed by any member of the C2SM community (Project PI). As a first step a simplified proposal must be submitted to the so-called SciViz panel (see step no. 2) and shall follow the proposed template (PDF, 337 KB). The proposal should:

  1. Indicate who is responsible for the project (project PI and responsible/contact person),
  2. Include a description of the project goals, 
  3. Outlook (indicating the future of the proposed visualization),
  4. The timeline, and
  5. The associated commitment of the research group/project of the PI in terms of in-kind resources and financial contribution (4,000 CHF for a person month of work is expected for ETH research groups).

Proposals can be submitted at any time of the year.    

Step 2 - Evaluation by the SciViz Panel and a detailed project desciption (if initial proposal is accepted):   

The SciViz panel meets and reviews the submitted proposal(s) every 2 months and seeks, in particular, to evaluate its relevance and feasibility. In case the proposal is accepted, the SciViz expert collaborates with the PI to create a detailed proposal including the breakdown of tasks, a timeline for the project and the estimated costs. After this the project is initiated following step no.3. In case the proposal is not accepted, the SciViz panel shall provide feedbacks to the project PI if she/he wishes to re-submit the project. The C2SM Executive Director is responsible for calling, chairing, and taking the minutes of, the SciViz panel meeting.

Step 3 - Project initiation and monitoring: 

A project team consisting of Dr. Tarun Chadha, the project PI and/or project responsible person will be formed. Regular meetings (e.g., every 2 months) of the SciViz panel will be organized so that the SciViz expert can report on the advances of the project. The priority by which the projects are implemented is determined by the SciViz panel, but usually, the priority is given according to the sequence with which the projects have been submitted and accepted.

Contact @ C2SM: Tarun Chadha

Some of our recent animations:

Damage caused by tropical cyclones
Prof. David N. Bresch discussing (during a Werkstattgespräch recording) an animation showing asset damage caused by tropical cyclones. (click on the image to watch the video on Vimeo)
Results from the ETH-CCES MAIOLICA-II project presented on the OmniGlobe in the Focus Terra permanent exhibition at ETH Zurich
Animation of meteorological fields in google earth
The animation shows the increasing annual maximum temperature (compared to the mean over the 1951-1970 time period) with and without soil moisture feedbacks. [Based on Seneviratne et al. 2013, GRL and Vogel et al. 2017, GRL]
Animation of the global wind fields at 500 hPa, duration: 01.01.2000 00:00 - 20.01.2000 00:00 (velocity data: ECMWF ERA-Interim)

Some examples of previous visualization products

Animation showing clouds, precipitation and near surface air temperature in a satellite view

Animation showing clouds, precipitation and near surface air temperature in a satellite view

Watch on YouTube

Download (MP4, 92.5 MB) (MP4, 92.5 MB)

Visualization emulating a satellite view in the visual channel based on simulated cloud, sea ice and vegetation activity information

Visualization emulating a satellite view in the visual channel based on simulated cloud, sea ice and vegetation activity information

Watch on YouTube

Download (MP4, 93.1 MB) (MP4, 93.1 MB)

 
 
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