Scientific visualizations provide a look into the details and complexities of the data computed or measured by researchers. SIS offers support in the areas of scientific visualization to the resarchers at or assosiated with ETH Zurich.

How can SIS help you with Scientific Visualization?

We provide consulting, services and software solutions for scientific facilities, groups and research projects to visualize their data. We work with data ranging from field measurements (mostly small) to data from massively-parallel large-scale computions (several TeraBytes). We specialize in both desktop solutions and cluster/supercomputer based parallel-visualizations. Currently, as a part of our subscription we provide visualization support to researchers associated with the Center for Climate Systems Modeling (C2SM). C2SM is a competence center located at ETH with members from ETH Zurich, meteoSwiss, EMPA, WSL and Agroscope.


On the 16 and 17th of June, Dr. Tarun Chadha, Dr. Alex Upton and Dr. Thomas Wüst participated in InformatikTage 2017. They operated the booth representing the Scientific IT Services (SIS) of InformatikDienste. Scientific visualizations were the main attraction of the SIS booth. They were shown and explained to the many interested visitors from the general public.

Some of our previous and ongoing projects:

Tropical cyclones: Global high-resolution impact modeling

Group: Prof. David N. Bresch, Weather and Climate Risks
Institute: Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich
Credits: Climada impact model (10km), C2SM, Chadha & Bresch, 2017. Zyklonenbahndaten:IBTrACS, NOAA. Hintergrundbild: Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory.

Prof. David N. Bresch discussing (during a Werkstattgespräch recording) an animation showing asset damage caused by tropical cyclones. (click on the image to watch the video on Vimeo).

Yearly tropical-cyclones and damage buildup.

Global Warming: The role of soil moisture

Group: Prof. Sonia Seneviratne, Land-Climate Dynamics
Institute: Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, ETH Zurich

The animation shows the increasing annual maximum temperature (compared to the mean over the 1951-1970 time period) with and without soil moisture feedbacks. (Based on Seneviratne et al. 2013, GRL and Vogel et al. 2017, GRL)

Global Wind Visualization

Institute: Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, ETH Zurich

Animation of the global wind fields at 500 hPa, duration: 01.01.2000 00:00 - 20.01.2000 00:00 (velocity data: ECMWF ERA-Interim, background image: Dr. Reto Stöckli, NASA Earth Observatory).

Scientific visualization of terrestrial ecosystem trace gas fluxes

Group: Prof. Nina Buchmann, Grassland Sciences
Institute: Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich

Animation of Green House Gas (GHG) flux data.

Contact Us

For more information about our previous visualization work and/or support please contact Dr. Tarun Chadha