Visualize Earth systems this week! | Earth

See this moving wind map here. It’s really cool !

Earth Science Week is an event organized by the American Geosciences Institute to promote understanding and stewardship of the Earth. The theme of this year’s event is “Visualizing Earth Systems”. The event runs from October 11-17, 2015. There are many ways to participate and share your enthusiasm for Earth science. Read on to find out how.

Image credit: American Institute of Geosciences
Image credit: American Institute of Geosciences

The Earth is made up of four key systems that shape our environment. These systems include the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living organisms). Geoscientists study these systems to find out what they are made of, how they interact, and how they change over time.

As part of this year’s Earth Science Week, three competitions are being held to encourage people to think about how Earth systems interact and influence your local environment. There is a photography contest, a visual arts contest and an essay contest. Submissions are due October 16, 2015. Visit the AGI Contest website here to find out how to enter.

Several local events are also planned for Earth Science Week. The National Park Service celebrates National Fossil Day in conjunction with Earth Science Week and has posted a list of all of these events on its website here. Many of these events will take place at local science museums.

You can also share your earth science thoughts and photos on social media with the hashtag #EarthSciWeek. For inspiration, check out the Visualizing Earth Systems website here.

This website contains excellent examples of how scientists are using advanced technologies to visualize Earth systems. Examples are provided for the areas of climate, energy, hazards, minerals and water. Under the “minerals” category, there’s a neat clickable map outlining the geology of the Grand Canyon. Here is a screenshot of this visualization.

Screenshot showing the geology of the Grand Canyon.  Image via Earth Science Week Viewer website.
Screenshot showing the geology of the Grand Canyon. Image via Earth Science Week Viewer website.

Under the “water” category, check out “Earth: A Global Map of Wind, Weather and Ocean Conditions”; I’ve pasted a screenshot at the top of this post, but you really need to see these cards in motion to get the full effect.

There are many more examples on the visualization website that I haven’t checked out yet, but hope to go through them all later this week. Please feel free to leave me a comment on any of the visualizations that you found really compelling.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit organization founded in 1948. It represents more than 250,000 geoscientists.

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Conclusion: Earth Science Week runs from October 11-17, 2015. The event aims to promote understanding and stewardship of the Earth, and is organized by the American Geosciences Institute. The theme for this year’s event is “Visualizing Earth Systems,” and the associated website is full of visualizations worth exploring.

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