A project was led at ETH, Zurich, led by Markus Gross aimed to provide different visualisations of extremely detailed weather data maybe highly useful in different fields.
Mark and his colleagues worked on huge quantities of detailed data and were trying to find ways to accurately represent it which could be empowering to meteorologists and other scientists.
“The scientific value of our visualisation lies in the fact that we make something visible that was impossible to see with the existing tools.” says undergraduate researcher noel.
For instance, if you were looking down on a whole county, what’s the use of seeing every little ripple of a cloud system? What you need is larger trends and ways of picking out important data points, such as areas likely to develop precipitation, or where the beginnings of movement suggest a cold front moving in.
Such data might not be useful if you target a very small location but if you look at tge turbulences across a country and the pressure system changes, or probably investigate unkown reason for a crash at a specific time and location these data and rendering of data can be of immense help.
Apart from its utility, the asthetics of these 3D rendering are just mind melting. These visualisations can be used for many purposes.