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Visions of our Planet’s Atmosphere, Land & Oceans:

Electronic-Theater 2002

Sponsored by NASA and the BYU Center for Remote Sensing

Brigham Young University
Wilkinson Center Varsity Theater- Two Showings, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Admission is Free. Students, faculty, teachers, and the general public are invited to attend.

An Evening

The NASA/NOAA Electronic Theater presents Earth science observations and visualizations in a historical perspective. Fly in from outer space to the Great Salt Lake and the BYU Campus as well as the Park City, and Snow Basin sites of the 2002 Winter Olympic Alpine Venues using 1 m IKONOS "Spy Satellite" data. See before and after shots of the big 2001 Thanksgiving weekend snow storm. See the four seasons on the Wasatch Front as observed by Landsat 7 at 15m resolution and watch the trees turn color in the Fall, snow come and go in the mountains and the reservoirs freeze and melt. Go back to the early weather satellite images from the 1960s and see them contrasted with the latest US and international global satellite weather movies including hurricanes & "tornadoes". See the latest visualizations of spectacular images from NASA/NOAA remote sensing missions like Terra, GOES, TRMM, SeaWiFS, Landsat 7 including new 1 - min GOES rapid scan image sequences of Nov 9th 2001 Midwest tornadic thunderstorms and have them explained.

of Spectacular

See how High-Definition Television (HDTV) is revolutionizing the way we communicate science. (In cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History in NYC). See dust storms in Africa and smoke plumes from fires in Mexico. See visualizations featured on the covers of Newsweek, TIME, National Geographic, Popular Science & on National & International Network TV. New computer software tools allow us to roam & zoom through massive global images e.g. Landsat tours of the US, and Africa, showing desert and mountain geology as well as seasonal changes in vegetation. See animations of the polar ice packs and the motion of gigantic Antarctic icebergs from SeaWinds data and from the BYU Center of Remote Sensing microwave satellite datasets.


Spectacular new visualizations of the global atmosphere & oceans are shown. See vortexes and currents in the global oceans that bring up the nutrients to feed the algae and draw the fish, whales and fisherman. See the how the ocean blooms in response to these currents and El Niņo/La Niņa climate changes. See the city lights, fishing fleets, gas flares and bio-mass burning of the Earth at night observed by the "night-vision" DMSP military satellite.

The demonstration is interactively driven by a SGI Octane Graphics Supercomputer with two CPUs, 4 Gigabytes of RAM and 0.5 Terabyte of disk using two projectors across a super sized panoramic 48 foot screen. In addition new HDTV technology will be demonstrated from a portable computer server.


Fritz Hasler: NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center — See Goddard Visualizations at http://Etheater.gsfc.nasa.gov

Please allow time to walk from parking areas on the east side of the BYU Campus.

For more information contact Mindy Rowe, Center for Remote Sensing, Brigham Young University (801) 378-3568 cers@byu.edu http://www.cers.byu.edu/