Will virtual reality become a useful tool for the atmospheric sciences? If you're
attending the American Geophysical Union annual meeting (December 11-15, 2017 in New
Orleans, LA), be sure to drop by the UCAR Community Programs booth in the exhibition
hall for some virtual reality demonstrations showing both observational and
forecast data from hurricane Irma, which barrelled through the Caribbean
in September 2017.
Unidata staff members Ward Fisher and Jeff Weber have been working with scientists
at the Geological Survey of the Netherlands to figure out how to use netCDF
datasets in the Survey's virtual reality system. Together with software developers
from the research organization TNO in the Netherlands, this group has put
together a visualization of hurricane Irma that can be can be investigated
and manipulated (i.e. thin sliced, filtered, scaled, etc.) in real-time by
multiple users with HTC Vive devices.