Modern Information Technologies in Environmental Sciences: Climate Wikience
Climate Wikience is a desktop application for
fast 3D visualization and analysis of retrospective climate
reanalysis and Earth remote sensing data. For its several
distinct features and certain tasks an analyst may prefer it
to other tools. The features include rich collection of
environmental variables readily available “out-of-the-box’,
one-click 3D visualization of any of them regardless of their
storage formats and coordinate systems, tight R integration
from which the data are accessible in native R data types.
Large volumes of the data are stored on computer cluster by
ChronosServer – new distributed file-based raster database.
Only small portions of the data required for visualization
and analysis are automatically delivered over the Internet to
Climate Wikience in near real-time. The paper surveys the
data available from Climate Wikience, its visualization
capabilities and air pollution analysis as a case study.
Climate Wikience is free for download at www.wikience.org