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Publication Date
2 August 2021

An Image-Based Framework for Ocean Feature Detection and Analysis



Today’s supercomputing capabilities allow ocean scientists to generate simulation data at increasingly higher spatial and temporal resolutions. However, I/O bandwidth and data storage costs limit the amount of data saved to disk. In situ methods are one solution to generate reduced data extracts, with the potential to reduce disk storage requirement even for high spatial and temporal resolutions, a major advantage to storing raw output. Image proxies have become an efficient and accepted in situ reduced data extract. These extracts require innovative automated techniques to identify and analyze features. We present a framework of computer vision and image processing techniques to detect and analyze important features from in situ image proxies of large ocean simulations. We constrain the analysis framework in support of techniques that emulate ocean-specific tasks as accurately as possible. The framework maximizes feature analysis capabilities while minimizing computational requirements. We demonstrate its use for image proxies extracted from the ocean component of Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) simulations to analyze ocean-specific features such as eddies and western boundary currents. The results obtained for specific data sets are compared to those of traditional methods, documenting the efficacy and advantages of our framework.

Banesh, Divya, Mark R. Petersen, James Ahrens, Terece L. Turton, Francesca Samsel, Joseph Schoonover, and Bernd Hamann. 2021. “An Image-Based Framework For Ocean Feature Detection And Analysis”. Journal Of Geovisualization And Spatial Analysis 5. doi:10.1007/s41651-021-00085-8.
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