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Media Invited to Issue Live Weather Forecasts with Science On a Sphere® At 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting, April 23-24, in Arlington, VA

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 by Doug Howell
Tags: Applied Research, Big Data, imported, Industry Partnerships, Internet2 Annual Meetings, Network Partnerships

NOAA Scientists To Discuss Weather, Climate and Earth’s Research Challenges

WHAT: NOAA scientists will demonstrate Science On a Sphere® at the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting. The Sphere is a 3D visualization of compiled climate and atmospheric weather models and satellite "big data" transported by NOAA's NWave network – a dedicated network within the 100G Internet2 backbone. Local television meteorologists are invited to provide live forecasts to their viewers and address Earth's research challenges.
WHY: Science On a Sphere® is designed to increase public understanding of the environment. It is the closest to looking at Earth from space without blasting off. See for details.
WHEN: April 23-24, 2013
WHERE: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA

WASHINGTON, DC--Internet2 and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invite journalists to issue weather forecasts on April 23 and 24 on a 6-foot diameter, luminous sphere during the 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting. Broadcast meteorologists are welcome to reserve time slots for presenting weather forecasts on the sphere, using NOAA real-time data.

NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool that illustrates Earth system science to people of all ages. Science on a Sphere is used to showcase captivating animations of atmospheric storms, climate change, ocean temperatures and other environmental processes. NOAA presenters will be conducting weather briefings throughout the Annual Meeting.

Beth Russell, meteorologist and Science On a Sphere® operation manager, will provide briefings on Tuesday, April 23. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., she will showcase NOAA research addressing weather forecasting, space weather, climate change, tsunami modeling and a tour of the entire solar system. From 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 pm, Russell will address climate change and its affects on the oceans. From 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., she will provide a year in review from asteroid fly-bys to hurricanes and record temperatures. At 4:30 p.m., Russell will show the results of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes on the Earth's crust.

On Wednesday, April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Russell will reveal current climate changes and how the earth’s climate is likely to change in the future, predict weather for the next few days and take a tour of the solar system. Read her biography at

In addition, Alexander E. (Sandy) MacDonald, chief science advisor for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and concurrently, serves as the director of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, will provide a keynote speech on Big Data and Earth's Research Challenges to approximately 800 technology, research and education leaders on Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. He also holds the patent for Science on a Sphere®. Dr. MacDonald’s biography is available at

Dr. MacDonald’s keynote speech will be streamed live at 10:30 a.m. To view the live stream, go to

For a complete 2013 Internet2 Annual Meeting schedule, visit

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, DC. For more information, visit

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