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Visualizing the Arctic Ocean: Presentation by An T. Nguyen and Gregory Foss

bird's eye view of data visualization of Arctic Ocean

As part of their research project “Understanding Arctic System Change Through Synthesis of Hydrographic and Sea Ice Observations from the Early 21st Century,” oceanographers An T. Nguyen and Patrick Heimbach teamed up with visualization specialist Gregory Foss of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to produce a video animation of their research results. In their presentation, Nguyen and Foss will discuss computational visualization as a method that is both a significant part of scientific data analysis and a powerful means to make the data accessible to a lay audience.

Moderated by Ulrike Heine, curator of Exploring the Arctic Ocean.

Organized by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas at Austin.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Exploring the Arctic Ocean.


An T. Nguyen is a senior research scientist at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin and Principal Investigator of the research project “Understanding Arctic System Change Through Synthesis of Hydrographic and Sea Ice Observations from the Early 21st Century,” which is funded by the National Research Foundation. Nguyen holds a BA in Applied Geophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a PhD in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamics of the polar climate system, in particular the coupled ocean sea-ice system, through observations and numerical simulations. 

Gregory Foss joined the visualization group of the Texas Advanced Computing Center in 2012. After completing his BFA in ceramics and a Masters in computer animation, Foss turned to visualizing science at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center in 1993. His computer graphics have been exhibited regularly at the annual Supercomputing Conference, included several years at the Association for Computing Machinery SIGGRAPH’s animation festival, incorporated in planetarium shows, and displayed in various publications.