The NOAA Science On a Sphere® team in Boulder, CO, developed a flat-screen
virtual globe version of SOS (a room-sized animated globe) in
order to get their vast dataset catalog out to the world.
The flat-screen version of SOS is called SOS Explorer® and it is now available
as a free mobile app, SOS Explorer® Mobile.
The datasets found on this app are visualizations that have been created from
environmental satellites and computer models made by scientists at NOAA, NASA,
and academic institutions. The info button for each dataset will give you more
information about the dataset you’re looking at, including details about the
source. We are also working to develop materials for you to use with this app
to help you learn even more. Check out our uses and resources
page for a list.
Where do I find education or teacher materials for this app?
SOSx Mobile is a streaming application, therefore you must have a decent
Internet connection. Make sure you are connected to WiFi. Close and restart the
app. If still not working go to ToolsSettings press
Purge Cache. If you’re sure you’ve done all of these,
try uninstalling and reinstalling the app.
The datasets seem to be playing fine except when I play with the animation controls. When I slide the frame slider or press the go to last frame button, it doesn’t update the image
70MB plus whatever data you download that can be cleared through the SettingsClear Cache. The app’s cache is set to take up no
more than 10% of your available space. If you have less than 500MB available on
your device, the cache is disabled.
AirPlay can definitely be finicky. I’ve found it helps to start SOS Explorer®
first and then swipe down from the top to enable AirPlay once the application
is already started. If you start AirPlay first and then launch SOS Explorer®
sometimes you just get a black screen.
The only real-time data that you can currently see in our app are the static
clouds that load upon loading and unloading datasets. Otherwise, real-time data
— like we have on SOS and SOS Explorer® Exhibit — is a tricky (currently not
yet invented) task for a streaming data app. We hope to be able to add this
soon. We have real-time datasets both on Science On a Sphere® and SOS
Explorer® (exhibit version), find out more at
How could I get a bigger, commercial version of this?
No personally identifiable information is collected unless you reach out to
support and request a response. We do keep aggregate totals on which datasets
are popular and crash statistics if you choose to share your performance data