National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Second Life entrance of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) has brought all the fun and excitement you've naturally come to expect of fluid dynamics! In case you haven't been on the any submarine rides lately, NOAA is the governmental agency tasked with researching the oceans, climate, weather, and anything else having to do with gigantic masses of air and water.

NOAA's sim is called Meteroa,which is derived from the Greek adjective meteoras which means 'suspended in the air'. On this lovely island sim you can find fully interactive educational demonstrations about the ocean and weather including a sea life submarine ride and a tsunami. Other fun stuff includes a demonstration of a real-time temperature map, narration by Exploratorium Chief Scientist Paul Doherty, an airplane ride into a hurricane, and a melting glacier.

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Earth Science Research Laboratory (ESRL)

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