Animated Wind Mapping

Animated Wind Map
This demonstration works at global to local scales. Note typhoon lower left!
Client:   GreenInfo Network

Recent technology has shown how to dramatically visualize the patterns of the wind, in the U.S. and worldwide. These projects, however, don't easily allow bringing in these visualizations to custom web mapping applications. GreenInfo commissioned internal research to figure out how to do this.

When GreenInfo saw the beautiful data-viz artistry of the hint.fm wind map, we were inspired to see if we could make that work in our standard web mapping software stack. This proof-of-concept illustrates how we might show currents of any type—from global wind patterns to San Francisco Bay microclimates to ocean currents around the Sargasso Sea. 

The interactive map uses the standard two dimensions of space, with the animation showing a third dimension of time. The color of the currents can show a fourth parameter (temperature, elevation, speed, etc.), resulting in a visualization that is both informative and beautiful. This demo shows a snapshot of data from 2014, but can be modified to update recent conditions in real-time.

This technique has been developed by the good folks at http://hint.fm/wind/, https://github.com/cambecc/earth, http://earth.nullschool.net/, and http://esri.github.io/wind-js/. We adapted it further to make it possible to add this type of visualization to our standard web maps - learn more about how we did it.

Run the demo to see how it all works.

Focus:   Environment  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Applications Development 

Tags:   animation, visualizations, wind  

Project Years: 2014

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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