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Animated Graphics in Meteorological Research and Presentations

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For the past two years, the authors have been involved in the production of computer-animated movies at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The computer- generated frames are high-quality graphs of two- and three-dimensional variables featuring trajectories, contour lines, shading patterns, or three-dimensional surfaces (viewed in perspective). The original application was for comparing the FGGE dataset motion fields with satellite film loops. Applications have broadened to include model-generated data. Computer animation is particularly useful for efficiently previewing and presenting large quantities of data. Experiments with stereo images have also been made.

1Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

2National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307. (The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.)

For the past two years, the authors have been involved in the production of computer-animated movies at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The computer- generated frames are high-quality graphs of two- and three-dimensional variables featuring trajectories, contour lines, shading patterns, or three-dimensional surfaces (viewed in perspective). The original application was for comparing the FGGE dataset motion fields with satellite film loops. Applications have broadened to include model-generated data. Computer animation is particularly useful for efficiently previewing and presenting large quantities of data. Experiments with stereo images have also been made.

1Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

2National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307. (The National Center for Atmospheric Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.)

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