Another take on Nadieh Bremer mesmerizing Breathing Earth visualisation, running at 60fps on a 2D Canvas without libraries or frameworks.
The weekly data are provided by VIIRS geo files from NOAA STAR. Using Canvas ImageData, it was straight forward to render the vegetation health, or “greenness” across the planet.
The Canvas has a pale yellow backround to see the arid areas through. The ImageData is white on the water masses and dark green on the land masses. Setting the alpha channel of each data point allows to shift between the dark green of the lush areas and to see through the pale yellow background of the arid areas. To get smooth animation, the data of two consecutive weeks are linearly interpolated.
By popular demand, and to be true to the original Breathing Earth, the data are also rendered as little discs of radius 1, 2 and 3. The circles are drawn in additive blending mode, which makes the land masses "greener". To compensate the accumulation of "greenness", there is a final pass mixing the exact value of each data point with the value of the circles overlapping it.
This approach cruises at 60 frames per second on a mid-range laptop.
Click or tap the picture of the earth to start/pause the animation.
This was an interesting exersize to test this approach and see the performance one can get out of plain 2D Canvas and ImageData. Hope you liked this little project.
Other recent experiments
There are many experiments and projects like BREATHING EARTH to discover other here.
- FRONTFEST MOSCOW It was an honour to be invited to Fronfest Moscow 2017 with the little family to give my first workshop; implementing a Twin-stick shooter using ES6 and Canvas, and to continue my CODE🎙ART series of talks + live coding aiming to inspire new web developer artists. on November 18th, 2017
- CODING⯌ART AT RENDER CODING⯌ART at Render 2017 was part of my series of talks + live coding aiming to inspire new web developer artists. on March 31th, 2017
- DRAGON PUNCH An itsy bitsy Dragon curve renderer in 121 bytes. on February 26th, 2014
- TV NOISE Fall 2011, another meme struck Pouet.net. TV NOISE. Over the course of a few weeks, every single platform went psssh. There you go open web platform: TV noise in 128 bytes. on November 13th, 2011
- WOLF1K The idea of this entry for the JS1K contest was to do the impossible: a 1K remake of the famous WOLF5K that rocked the final edition of the5K. It does not feature guns, evil grins and violence for in WOLF1K there is no room for guns or any form of violence. on September 10th, 2010
- MANDELBROT ROTOZOOM Many people did fractals renderers in Javasript in 256 bytes, but no one ever made one that zooms and rotate... until today. on September 1st, 2006
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