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Transmutation

 

Experimental stereoscopic 3D video and data visualisation. 02:30. 2012.

Music: Karlheinz Essl
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In this experimental data-visualisation a transient landscape of a shoreline in Indonesia is modified based on climate data recorded between 1993 and 2011. Changes in global average tropospheric temperature, mean sea level and atmospherical co2 concentration are mapped to the color palette, shape and stereoscopic depth.

In the weird and wonderful world of quantum mechanics, dimensional transmutation describes a phenomena which changes the state of a parameter by adding dimensions to its dimensionless condition.
This experimental film applies this principle to visualise the complex interactions between atmosphere and climate. It utilises a six-dimensional framework, comprised of regular space-time augmented with climate data collected between 1993 and 2011. Changes in global tropospheric temperature, mean sea level and atmospherical co2 concentration are mapped onto the color palette, shape and stereoscopic depth of a video clip, depicting a low-lying shoreline in Indonesia, threatened by rising sea levels. The film begins ‘flat’, but over time, with increasing co2 concentration in the atmosphere, its stereoscopic depth expands, the landscape opens up to the observer, while temperature and sea-level changes modify color and shape.

Data sources:
  • Mean baseline CO2 concentration [ppm], CSRIO, Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station.
  • Mean Sea Level [mm], Source: AVISO, Altimetry Satellite Data.
  • Global Average Tropospheric Temperatures [ºC], NOAA/UAH, Microwave Radiometer Satellite Data.
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