Applications for Three-Dimensional Computer Graphic Cloud Representations Produced from Satellite Imagery
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In this research process, two-dimensional satellite topographic images are used to produce 3-D, mathematically defined, cloud-topography models. This research focuses on applications for three-dimensional cloud representations which are displayed above a topographic surface. The computer graphic cloud-topography displays are produced using actual GOES satellite data, Defense Mapping Agency topography data, and rawinsonde upper air data. Data from these three sources is used to generate three-dimensional models which mathematically define cloud cover and topography for a given area. By applying computer graphics techniques, these three-dimensional models can be displayed as continuous tone images or perspective line drawings. Satellite data and topography data, displayed in this manner, produces a realistic depiction of cloud cover displayed above a topographic surface. As for applications, these displays can be used for cloud studies, briefing aids, and flight simulations.