Distributed visualization of gridded geophysical data: the Carbon Data Explorer, version 0.2.3
- 1Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), Michigan Technological University, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
- 2School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Abstract. Due to the proliferation of geophysical models, particularly climate models, the increasing resolution of their spatiotemporal estimates of Earth system processes, and the desire to easily share results with collaborators, there is a genuine need for tools to manage, aggregate, visualize, and share data sets. We present a new, web-based software tool – the Carbon Data Explorer – that provides these capabilities for gridded geophysical data sets. While originally developed for visualizing carbon flux, this tool can accommodate any time-varying, spatially explicit scientific data set, particularly NASA Earth system science level III products. In addition, the tool's open-source licensing and web presence facilitate distributed scientific visualization, comparison with other data sets and uncertainty estimates, and data publishing and distribution.