Advanced Visualization for Crops in silico: A Talk from AJ Christensen

As the Earth’s population climbs toward 9 billion by 2050 — and the world climate continues to change, affecting temperatures, weather patterns, water supply, and even the seasons — future food security has become a grand world challenge. An interdisciplinary project called Crops in silico is investigating how computer models of food crops can complement traditional field experiments. These models include data-driven scientific visualizations which will help researchers, farmers, and food consumers understand how the world's vital food crops are grown.

AJ Christensen is a visualization programmer for the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The AVL is a research team that specializes in creating high-quality cinematic scientific visualizations of supercomputer simulations for public outreach. The team works with scientists, film producers, and education experts to create virtual tours through astrophysics, earth sciences, molecular biology, and other domains for high-resolution screens, IMAX theaters, and digital fulldome venues.

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