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interesting exhibitions from Smithsonian: Earth from Space; Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer Monday, 4 December 2006 5:06 pm

Posted by Dongmei in biology, earth sciences, exhibitions, science.
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** Get your Head in the Clouds! — See Earth from Space

Have you ever wondered what your backyard looks like from space? The new Earth from Space exhibit is kicking during Geography Awareness Week and promises to give you breathtaking views from the “eyes” of a satellite. The exhibit explains how satellite imagery is gathered and used to understand how the Earth changes through time. This brilliant new perspective is on view at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. through Jan. 7, and then will travel to various locations around the country. To check out the exhibit’s tour schedule, visit http://www.earthfromspace.si.edu/default.asp . (from USGS Newsroom)

The nice thing about this exhibit is that there’s an online exhibition that goes with it, there are lots of stunning satellite images on the Website, lesson plans for teachers, other resources (bibliographies: list of books that’s relevant, and Webliographies: links to Websites that’s helpful). Enjoy!

** Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer

Bringing to life rarely seen flora, fauna, and fossil specimens, Creamer’s imagery is drawn from the research collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida, and the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Maryland. This exhibit includes 40 meticulous images. The interesting aspect of this exhibition is that all the photographs were not captured using traditional means, that is, a camera, but rather, they were created using a scanner. See some of the images on the Web, aren’t they wonderful? You can find more photos by Robert Creamer on his Website.

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two real-time info services/resources: new environmental info service debuts (GEONETCast); EarthNow! image viewer goes live Wednesday, 29 November 2006 6:44 pm

Posted by Dongmei in earth sciences, environmental science, Uncategorized.
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* From the NOAA Website:

The Group on Earth Observations introduced a vital new capability called GEONETCast. “Once fully operational, this service will put a vast range of essential environmental data at the fingertips of decision-makers and many others around the globe who might not otherwise have timely access to this information. With a 24/7 data stream, GEONETCast will provide the critical information required to protect lives and more effectively manage a world of resources,” said José Achache, director of the GEO Secretariat … Through GEONETCast, data about disease, agriculture, biodiversity, natural disasters, air and water quality, ocean conditions, ecosystems and much more will be broadcast in free or low-cost, near real-time, user-friendly formats.

* From the USGS Newsroom:

The EarthNow! image viewer went live on Nov. 2, at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS). EarthNow! displays data received from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites as they pass over the United States. When a Landsat satellite passes within range of the ground station at the USGS EROS center, image data are downlinked and displayed in near-real time.

(thanks Gary Price for pointing out these two important real-time info service/resources).

Wiki-based Earth Sciences Encyclopedia Friday, 6 October 2006 3:20 pm

Posted by Dongmei in earth sciences, environmental science, Internet Resources, wikis.
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Encyclopedia of Earth
(about this encyclopedia)

“Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.
The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.”

Interestingly, unlike other, well-known wikis, such as Wikipedia, access is restricted to approved experts and all content is reviewed and approved by Topic Editors prior to being published from the wiki to this public site.

(Thanks Gerry McKiernan for sharing this on STS-L)