AGU Fall Meeting Workshop - Visual Data Analysis: Tools and Techniques for the Geophysical Sciences

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 8:30am- 12:30pm
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Nob Hill A (please note the change in venue: previously the workshop was scheduled for Salon 5)

Cost: FREE (refreshments will be served)

Registration: NONE REQUIRED

Organizers: John Clyne, NCAR

Only a few years ago advanced scientific visualization techniques were largely limited to the realm of visualization experts, and employed primarily as a communication aid to illustrate complex phenomena. Thanks to the commoditization of computer graphics hardware, and the emergence of mature, user-friendly, domain-focused software packages, scientific visualization is increasingly becoming an indispensible tool used by resarchers in their day-to-day efforts to analyze data and extract new insights. This workshop will provide an overview of some of the open source software packages that are available, and most relevant, to researchers in the geo-sciences. Attendees can expect to gain a basic understanding of the capabilities of these powerful visual data analysis environments; learn which tools may be most appropriate for their own needs; and have an opportunity to talk with tool developers, on-hand for the workshop.

Technical Program

0830 -- 0845:

Opening Remarks: John Clyne, NCAR

0845 -- 0930:

Visualization of Geo-science data with Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer (
Yuan Ho, Unidata


0930 -- 1015:

Community Tools for the Analysis and Visualization of Geoscientific Data
Mary Haley, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


1015 -- 1045

Coffee break

1045 -- 1130

Techniques for visualizing and analyzing very large earth science data using VAPOR (
Alan Norton, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


1130 -- 1215

GrADS: A Handy Tool for Data Access, Analysis, and Visualization (
Jennifer M. Adams, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)


1215 -- 1230

Open discussion

Contact for more info: John Clyne (

This workshop is supported by NCAR’s Computational Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). NCAR is sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.