NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Just completing my data visualization hat trick for the week.  A colleague of mine, Amir Jina, recently pointed me to what is now one of my favorite websites: NOAA's Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

The group takes huge quantities of real-time data and transforms it into beautiful images designed to teach students and the public about the global environment. Perhaps most impressive is the constant stream of new images.  Some elegant highlights below.

Nitrogen dioxide concentrations showing China's superlative industrial pollution.

The absence of atmospheric water vapor over the equatorial Pacific illustrates the current La Nina.

3D plot of snow-depth in the US following some of the recent storms (related to the La Nina).

Composite image of some 2010 hurricanes.

North Atlantic sea surface temperatures were extraordinarily warm this past October.

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