Our survey article on "Visualization in Meteorology" is featured in the December 2018 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, also discussing Met.3D and related 3D software.
Version 1.2 released
by Marc Rautenhaus (comments: 0)
With a few minor bugs fixed in the release candidate 1.2-RC1, we are happy to announce the release of the new Met.3D version 1.2! New features include:
- Session manager added: Met.3D now features a comprehensive session manager that can save the complete status of the application. Sessions can be restored and the user can switch between multiple sessions at runtime (press F6!)
- Revised bounding box handling: Bounding boxes are now centralized (not per-actor anymore), so that the bounding box of multiple actors can be changed simultaneously (press F3!)
- Basic support for COSMO datasets! COSMO data on rotated grids and currently on pressure levels can be read from NetCDF files output by COSMO. Basemap and graticule can be rotated accordingly
- Initial support for a Metview-Met.3D connection (Metview is ECMWF's visualization workstation): Met.3D can be opened directly from Metview
- Interaction handles of 2D sections, poles etc. now display the current lon/lat/p position beside the mouse cursor
- Interaction mode can now be easily switched by double-clicking the scene
- Image export has been extended to automatically save all time steps of an animation
- Surface pressure fields for hybrid sigma-pressure levels in GRIB files can now also be stored as lnsp
- An option to display an arrow pointing north in a view
- Improved customization of contour lines (arbitrary "contour sets" with custom colours and line widths)
- When an actor is loaded from file and a required transfer function is missing, the user is prompted to select the matching transfer function
- Many bugfixes and small usability improvements...
Download the sources from gitlab!
A presentation about the use of Met.3D at ECMWF given by Tim Hewson is available online.
We will present our recent visualization research using Met.3D (3D frontal structures and interactive ensemble sensitivity) at IEEE VIS 2018 in Berlin. Meet us there!
A release candidate for a new version 1.4 is available, adding support for trajectory computation within Met.3D.
An image created with Met.3D appears on the front cover of the May 2018 issue of the "Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society".