A framework for natural phenomena movement tracking – Using 4D dust simulation as an example

Manzhu Yu, Chaowei Yang, Baoxuan Jin

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Natural phenomena evolve in space and time are often highly dynamic. Numerical simulations and earth observations have provided the capability to capture and study the complex evolvement of natural phenomena in a discrete fashion. It is demanding but challenging to extract events from these datasets automatically. Based on the previous research on feature identification, this research presents a movement tracking framework to analyze evolvements and dynamic movements of detected events. The framework consists of three components: feature identification, movement tracking, and track simplification. Based on the proposed framework, dust storm events are systematically detected and analyzed concerning their dynamic movements from a 4D (x, y, z, and t) simulation dataset over North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East from December 2013 to November 2014. The systematic research includes single event, multi-event, and seasonal analyses. Evaluation of the detected dust events shows that the tracked dust events align well with observations, with ∼80% identification accuracy and consistency in the movement pattern. To briefly demonstrate its capability, we adopted the proposed framework to detect precipitation events from 3D (x, y, and t) precipitation observation data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Geosciences
StatePublished - Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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