Earth, Our Home, Is Just Freaking Cool
Okay, so, I could go into the science of this, or the awesome level of technological progress it takes to even make this possible, but, really, the thing that grabs me about Earth Nullschool, is it is just cool.
Visit the site, and there’s the whole planet in a 3D interface, a ton of data from any point on the entire surface of the earth a click away. By messing with it for only a few minutes, I already got to see the chemicals coming from different continents (no points for guessing where it’s strongest) and the movement of air currents on a global scale. If the timestamp is correct, it updates to the hour, and, considering how many bits of information the map is gathering, that’s still impressive.
New feature added to https://t.co/lKuNGoivSk: the aurora! Or rather, probability of visible aurora. Produced by OVATION model operated by SWPC / NOAA. Special thanks to @StephHamy820 for writing the data processing script!https://t.co/iEQAnyyXuJ pic.twitter.com/kNH6ebuKzn
— Cameron Beccario +75 (@cambecc) February 26, 2018
Tech and software like this, that let us stare holistically at our world, not only do a great service to science and news organizations—along with researchers at all stages of professionalism and funding—but also lets the layman think with the global scale of things.
The More We Understand Planet Earth, The Better Our Future Can Be For Everyone Living On It
So, my meteorologist friends, and my sociologist friends, and so many other disciplines—if you haven’t yet stared at the whole of our world and connected some mental dots for the day, then click on over to the spinning of this big, cool, blue mass we live on and marvel at its wonder.
The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.
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