ESRL Global Systems Division

"Globaloscope": French for Science On a Sphere®

The first permanent European installation of NOAA's Science On a Sphere® has been dubbed "Globaloscope" by the City of Sciences and Industry Museum in Paris where it will be on display in their exhibition called "Objective Earth: The Revolution of the Satellites." Opening June 16, the goal of the exhibit is to offer the spectators a "radical change of perspective; directing their view from space to Earth." What better way to infuse that concept than with SOS. The eye-opening high-tech display will again be translating huge scientific datasets into something the public can understand. "Globaloscope" will emphasize a global perspective to understanding our Earth system and the challenges we face in responding to climate change, natural disasters, and epidemics; and managing our forests, coasts, and air traffic – to name a few of the visuals that will be demonstrated on the sphere.

This newest SOS installation grew from a collaboration between NOAA and the French Space Agency, Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) which is also showcasing a traveling version of SOS at the Paris Air Show (June 15-21) one of the largest air shows in the world. SOS will be the centerpiece of the CNES pavilion there. NOAA staff from ESRL's Global Systems Division will be on hand prior to the show to assist with exhibit setup.

In October 2008, NOAA/ESRL/GSD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CNES to install SOS in Strasbourg for a European Parliament event called "Strasbourg in Space." This traveling version of the SOS will be exhibited at various locations throughout France, one of which is the June Paris Air Show.

This unique visualization technology invented by Dr. Sandy MacDonald, Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO, is growing in popularity to include global distribution. The permanent Paris installation is just one of over half a dozen international installations of SOS planned for Europe, Asia, and possibly Australia.

SOS enhances environmental literacy and improves understanding, value, and use of weather and water information and services with its unique visualization of complex data. Additionally, this international exchange demonstrates how NOAA can play a leadership role, with our global partners, in understanding and managing our fragile Earth system.

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Name: William Bendel
Tel: 303-497-6708