192 Collaborative Classroom and Immersive Visualization Applications for Meteorological Education

Monday, 23 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Brian J. Billings, Millersville Univ., Millersville, PA; and J. J. van der Veken Jr. and P. Dorofy

Further results are presented expanding previous work developing meteorological education applications in two situations: collaborative classroom exercises and immersive visualization displays. The former had previously been created by modifying Unidata's Integrated Data Viewer to add a feature from early versions known as the collaboration window. The goal of the current work is to make these exercises more accessable to third parties through the use of an IDV plugin or RAMMADA folder.

The two newest types of immersive environments being designed vary greatly in their sources of information. One is specifically focused on topics in mountain meteorology and uses idealized topography (though similar to actual locations in the northwest US and western Canada) and analytic solutions to idealized models of mountain waves, orographic precipitation, and katabatic flows among others. The other environments incorporate field observations from large projects that provide dense four-dimensional coverage of the phenomenon of interest. The latest status of all of these environments will be presented as well as initial feedback. 

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