NOAA's Science On a Sphere® at COP21

Photo of SOS display at COP21

Participants attend a panel called, "Science on a Sphere Presentation" at COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Dec. 8, 2015. (Associated Press)

NOAA’s Science On a Sphere® is in Paris for the next two weeks at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). At COP21, Science On a Sphere® is the focal point of the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Center, a major public outreach initiative of the United States to inform audiences around the world about the U.S. actions on climate change. The versatile visualization tool will appeal to a broad range of COP21 attendees and highlights the research and expertise of the United States in a unique and engaging way.

Dr. Alexander "Sandy" MacDonald, Chief Science Advisor for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and Director of the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) and NOAA/ESRL/Global Systems Division’s Beth Russell will illustrate the effects of climate change on our planet by presenting animated scientific data sets on the sphere. These include, but are not limited to, Nighttime Lights, Temperature Anomaly: Monthly (NOAA) 1800-2014, Sea Level Rise, and Real-Time Snow and Ice.

Science On a Sphere® is a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated planetary data on the outside of a six-foot diameter sphere. Science On a Sphere® extends NOAA's educational program goals, which are designed to increase public understanding of the environment. Using NOAA's collective experience and knowledge of the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere, NOAA uses Science On a Sphere® as an instrument to enhance informal educational programs in science centers, universities, and museums around the world.

Science on a Sphere® is available to any institution. NASA graciously offered their traveling SOS system, purchased from NOAA, for use at COP21 in the U.S. Center.

Check out the full schedule of events here: www.state.gov/uscenter.

NOAA SOS images from the Conference.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093