At first glance, it may seem that this is just a map of the Earth painted with bright colors. However, the image is very useful because it is the result of one of the most detailed computer simulations of the planet's winds by NASA.
To build a detailed map of the Earth's winds, the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS-5) model was used, which can simulate the state of the weather and the strength of the winds all over the planet at once with a resolution of up to 3.5 kilometers. In this case, the visualization shows a global wind map with a resolution of 10 km. Surface winds from 0 to 40 m / s are shown in white, while top-level winds from 0 to 175 m / s are shown in color: red indicates the maximum wind speed.
The model was launched on the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center and is part of the global two-year project "Nature's Run", aimed at studying natural phenomena. Based on its results, it will become clear how the burning of biomass, volcanoes and anthropogenic factors affect the climate of our planet.