Perspective display techniques can be applied to meteorological data sets to aid in their interpretation. Examples of a perspective display procedure applied to satellite and aircraft visible and infrared image pairs and to stereo cloud-top height analyses are presented. The procedure uses a sophisticated shading algorithm that produces perspective images with greatly improved comprehensibility when compared with the wire-frame perspective displays that have been used in the past. By changing the “eye-point” and “view-point” inputs to the program in a systematic way, movie loops that give the impression of flying over or through the data field have been made. This paper gives examples that show how several kinds of meteorological data fields are more effectively illustrated using the perspective technique.
1Goddard Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771.
2General Software Corporation, Landover, MD 20785.
3NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.