ESRL Global Systems Division

Science On a Sphere® Awarded Registered Trademark

ESRL's striking three-dimensional educational tool Science On a Sphere® (SOS) has finally been awarded a trademark. After three years of application processing, ESRL's Global Systems Division received the official certificate of registration dated July 31, 2007, as shown here:

Certificate of Registration

This trademark allows NOAA proprietary ownership of the SOS name assuring that when the public sees the SOS name, it will reflect the quality product provided only by NOAA. This comes at a time when the sphere's popularity is growing. Already 15 museums and institutes have installed the unique movie screen and custom fit the product for their displays. Those installations span the U.S. from Hawaii's Bishop Museum to Virginia's National Maritime Center (Nauticus).

Opening August 17 and running through the Labor Day weekend, SOS is at the heart of the California Department of Water Resources' (CA-DWR) climate-change exhibit at the California State Fair in Sacramento. Understanding global warming has been a big part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's environmental agenda and Water agency officials are hoping to convey the profound impact climate change will have on California to the masses with SOS. They also believe it will attract fairgoers to other displays in the "California Green Dream Expo."

The exhibit at the California State Fair provides NOAA with an opportunity to educate a large audience on our research and regional efforts to improve the availability and quality of weather and water information. For example, SOS was featured in a news story on Sacramento's CBS 13 on Sunday, August 19. This activity also serves to solidify a one-NOAA effort through cross line-office outreach (NWS & OAR) and supports an important Hydrometeorological Testbed Stakeholder in the CA-DWR.

Science On a Sphere® is a unique visualization technology that was invented by Dr. Sandy MacDonald, ESRL Director. Using computers coupled with video projectors, the system presents NOAA's global science in an engaging three-dimensional representation of the Earth's features as if they were viewed from space.

Contact information
Name: William Bendel
Tel: 303-497-6708
William.B.Bendel@noaa.gov