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"Atlas of a Changing Earth" Visualization of the ArcticDEM Survey and Vavilov Ice Cap Collapse
DescriptionThe Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications created a cinematic scientific visualization of the ArcticDEM survey and Vavilov ice cap collapse for the documentary film "Atlas of a Changing Earth", in both digital fulldome and flatscreen television formats. While the ArcticDEM dataset is the main one featured here, this visualization fills in gaps using other datasets, including a climate simulation by Bates et al and Landsat imagery. The visualization required a number of steps including: both manual and algorithmic data cleaning, processing, and alignment; data fusion; virtual scene design; morphing interpolation; lighting design; camera choreography; compositing; and rendering on the Blue Waters supercomputer.
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