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Bottle-green Icebergs


A new computer graphics model capable of generating realistic images based on the chemical composition of objects promises to push the field into the realms of diagnostic medicine, food safety, and atmospheric science. The model has already provided insights into the mystery of "bottle-green" icebergs. Henrik Wann Jensen of UCSD and his colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark have demonstrated that their model supports the claim that bottle-green icebergs (right) are, in fact, clean icebergs (left) that appear blue during the day but turn green in the light of the setting sun. Jensen is running his model on SDSC supercomputers to explore cases for other materials. This research was supported by the Otto M√łnsted Foundation, the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, AEG Elektronfonden, and CalIT2.
Credit: J. R. Frisvad, N. J. Christensen, Technical U. of Denmark; H. W. Jensen, UCSD.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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