The purpose of this web-based discussion is to build consensus regarding the new symbolic globe design that will properly represent Earth as a living, interacting planet.
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1) there are some misleading colors over the North African deserts. I have the feeling that some very desertic regions are filled with grey or white like clouds certainly because of the specific NDVI values;
2) If you look at the cover of Nature with our Sahara Dust article, you will see that the "artists" of the journal have added sort of halos in the space around the Earth. I think that it might be interesting to test such effects on your image since I found it representative of how people imagine the Greenhouse effect or the Ozone layer. And I don't know how to express it, but I think that it reinforced the message to see the Earth surrounded and "trapped" like this...but I agree that it is very distant from scientific materials ! Well, it's up to you. It was funny, because the scientific editor of Nature sent me a mail to apologize for the graphical effect that he found unrealistic, and he was surprized when I answered that it is beautiful.
So, your experience is that for presentations to the informed public it is OK to 'enhance' the images to make a point. I was hoping to use only satellite-sensed data and to enhance the image by false color, exaggerated height, elimination of some cloud features and similar tricks.
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