Animation of putting NOAA science on a USPS stamp

US Postal Service unveils new Earth Day stamp celebrating NOAA Climate Science

24 April 2014

The U.S. Postal Service celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd by unveiling a new Forever international rate stamp inspired by a simulation of sea surface temperatures from a NOAA model of the Earth’s climate. The round stamp depicts the globe with North America in the center, surrounded by vivid bands of blue, green and red, signifying the varying temperatures of sea surface waters.

The image was chosen through the Postal Service's public process that begins with suggestions from citizens to the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee.

"Our citizen stamp advisory committee looks to the public for stamp subjects that celebrate people, ideas and events that are important to American history and culture," said Joshua Colin, Eastern Area vice president for the U.S. Postal Service. "This year's Earth Day stamp celebrates the important role that science is playing in our understanding of the Earth, the oceans and our climate.”

Several months ago, Postal Service representatives contacted scientists at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) to ask about a sea surface temperature animation on NOAA’s Science On a Sphere® website. Science On a Sphere® was invented by ESRL scientist Alexander MacDonald to help the public view dynamic scientific information projected on a giant sphere.

The sea surface temperature image came from NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., where teams of scientists have been modeling the behavior of the oceans and atmosphere since the 1960s.

The Global: Sea Surface Temperatures Forever Stamp was officially unveiled on April 22nd at an Earth Day celebration in Washington, DC. It will be on sale in post offices and online for mail sent around the world.

Read the full story at NOAA OAR News