NCCS Dr. Piers J. Sellers Data Visualization Theater
Lori Perkins presents a 10-kilometer-resolution global aerosols simulation on the NCCS visualization wall. Research and visualization by William Putman, NASA GSFC. Photo by Jarrett Cohen, NASA GSFC/GST.
As part of expanded data analysis and visualization capabilities, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Dr. Piers J. Sellers Data Visualization Theater features a 20-foot by 6-foot 10-inch multi-screen visualization wall, also known as a hyperwall. The NCCS visualization wall/hyperwall combines 15 55-inch high-definition LCD screens with very narrow bezels, resulting in an almost seamless surface of more than 31 million pixels.
The visualization wall/hyperwall is a flexible environment for displaying high-definition movies of simulation results, data visualizations, animations, and other imagery. Not only can the wall display high-definition movies (1280x720 and 1920x1080), but also data and simulation results that are much higher than traditional high-definition resolution, up to 9600x3240. The wall can show a single visualization across all 15 screens or up to 15 or more visualizations at once for comparison. Interactive capabilities are under development. The visualization wall/hyperwall is a joint effort of the NCCS and the Scientific Visualization Studio.
Among the NCCS-hosted simulations regularly presented on the visualization wall/hyperwall are:
Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) climate change projections following surface air temperature, ice cover, and other fields from 1880 to 2100.
The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) project, a comprehensive reanalysis of weather and climate beginning in 1979.
GMAO global model simulations run at resolutions as high as 3.5 kilometers and capturing phenomena such as massive snowstorms hitting the eastern United States and a highly active Atlantic hurricane season
In addition to the permanent NCCS installation, NASA's Science Mission Directorate brings hyperwalls to major scientific conferences and other events worldwide. Recent examples include meetings of the American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union, and American Meteorological Society across North America; the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Durban, South Africa; and Planet Under Pressure in London, England. For previews, descriptions, and downloads of visualization wall/hyperwall content, visit: