ESRL Global Systems Division

ESRL Co-Hosts NOAA SOS® Users Collaborative Network Workshop

NOAA's Office of Education in partnership with the NOAA Earth System Research Lab, and the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center will be hosting a workshop for the NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network. The workshop will facilitate the continuation of the work done by the network to optimize utilization of SOS systems and to provide educational messages to informal science audiences. This will be the third such workshop. Over 85 people are expected to attend the three-day workshop November 17 - 19. The SOS Users Collaborative Network comprises the institutions that have installed NOAA's Science On a Sphere, as well as other partners who are creating content and educational programming for these systems. The workshop will include a content showcase, introductions of new SOS institutions, discussions of best practices, and lessons learned and planning for future directions.

The unique visualization technology (SOS) invented in 2001 by Dr. Sandy MacDonald, Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO is growing in popularity with 40 systems installed worldwide. This spherical movie screen was patented in 2005 for its extraordinary design and software development. SOS enhances environmental literacy and improves understanding, value, and use of weather and water information and services with its unique visualization of complex data.

Contact information
Name: Beth Russell
Tel: 303-497-6759
Beth.Russell@noaa.gov