Until October 14, the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center is hosting an ‘OmniGlobe’, a high-tech globe that displays our planet’s environmental and geopolitical trends, among other images and animations. The exhibit is in MSC 1402 and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
On loan from Earth Day Texas, the free exhibit features a 32-inch glass globe with an internal HD projector that displays detailed, mesmerizing illustrations on the globe’s surface. A touch-screen kiosk lets visitors choose among dozens of displays such as moving ocean currents, tsunamis, cloud patterns, air traffic, or climate trends. (Watch a video of the cloud pattern animation here.)
A team of researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center brought the exhibit to Texas A&M. The researchers are now developing a new OmniGlobe animation about issues surrounding water around the world and in Texas. The presentation will highlight the team’s ongoing research to address water shortages and quality. The team includes Dr. Bill Fox, assistant professor, and Dr. June Wolfe, research scientist, from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Temple.
The OmniGlobe is “a way to visualize information on how big systems fit together,” says Fox. And “water is a key nexus that ties health and human safety together with natural resource management. From my perspective, Texas A&M is at the forefront of addressing these kinds of issues in our state, nation, and around the world.”
The pre-set animations for this OmniGlobe were chosen by the founder of Earth Day Texas, Trammell S. Crow.
Texas A&M is one of the OmniGlobe’s stops on a travel circuit to educational institutions in Texas and beyond.