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Welcome to the NOAA Science On a Sphere® Catalog!

Most of the material in the Science On a Sphere® catalog was created by NOAA and NASA and is free for public use. Other content has been created by science museums, universities, and other partners and is generally available for public use. Any usage restrictions for partner datasets are noted in the description pages. The materials contained in this catalog are intended for educational use only. These products should not be used for any other purpose. If information related to these topics is needed to inform decision making, then the original source data should be consulted.

The source and credit information is listed in the column on the right-hand side of the individual pages for the material. Check the source before using a dataset outside of SOS to ensure that its use is permitted. For more information, please visit our Copyright Notice. If you have questions, feel free to contact .


The Science On a Sphere® Dataset Catalog is comprised of datasets from NOAA, NASA, universities, science centers and other organizations. Each dataset entry includes a description of the dataset, a picture, a video, notable features, relevant links, and source information.

Live Programs

Live programs are carefully crafted presentations that use SOS datasets to tell a story and teach audiences about a specific topic, such as ocean currents or extreme weather events.

Playlist Builder

Build and download a playlist of Science On a Sphere® datasets for your SOS from the comfort of your web browser.