The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), in collaboration with the NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-MD) created the EarthNow blog in support of Science On a Sphere (SOS) docents to enable meaningful visitor experiences around weather and climate events affecting society. Regular and reliable products are produced monthly using NOAA data. Several timely weather and climate feature stories have also been produced to assist SOS facilitators making connections between current events and global change. Along with these feature stories, the blog provides relevant, visually appealing SOS-formatted datasets and animations with appropriate annotations, leading to easier comprehension by presenters and the public.


  • Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-MD) at University of Maryland
  • NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab (NOAA EVL)

Team Members:


Steven Ackerman: CIMSS PI
Margaret Mooney: Project Manager, story contributor
Rick Kohrs: Data visualization, story contributor
Hayden Klabunde: Data visualization
Patrick Rowley: Blog designer


Phil Arkin: CICS-MD PI
Stephanie Schollaert Uz: Story contributor


Dan Pisut: NOAA EVL PI, Data visualization


Randy Cook, Impact Partnership Climate Digest Narration
Sam Kopper, Locomote Media Feature Story Narration
http://www.freesfx.co.uk (select sound effects courtesy of FreeSFX)


Jeff Hayward, People Places & Design Research
Jolene Hart, People Places & Design Research
Christine Larouche, People Places & Design Research

Project Support:

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • OED Award #: NA10SEC0080015; “Interpretation of Real-Time Weather and Climate Data for Spherical Displays”