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ClimateBits for Science on a Sphere

January 23, 2014 12:37 PM

Climate concepts can be hard to visualize without a background in Earth Science. Spherical displays are a useful tool for illustrating and conveying complex information in an engaging way. Just as satellites orbiting the globe have collected data to revolutionize our understanding of processes in our atmosphere, oceans, and land surface, so too have spherical displays enabled people to feel like they're viewing Earth from space and gain new insights. ClimateBits strives to depict essential climate science concepts using imagery and narration to make them easily accessible to the general public.

Our minute-long videos can be viewed online, with links to more information for people who have time and interest in reading more and connecting to our reference sources. Our videos are designed for Science On a Sphere, installed in more than 100 museums and visitors centers around the world. ClimateBits are produced at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellite (CICS-MD) located at the University of Maryland, College Park. Additional project partners include: the University of Wisconsin’s EarthNow project, NOAA Science On a Sphere, and NASA Earth Observations.

We have just launched of our website,, including an initial proof-of-concept video on Solar Radiation that has been tested and evaluated by docents at the Maryland Science Center as well as educators and students. More videos are coming soon.

Stephanie Schollaert Uz, lead architect, web and video developer
Phillip Arkin, project manager

Special thanks go to Mete Uz, Chris Brown, Hugo Berbery, Deb Baker, Maurice Henderson, and Ginger Butcher for their contributions and assistance.


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