AOSS Open House this Saturday

Science Expeditions 2011, atop the AOSS building. Credit: Jeff Miller, UW Communications.

Science Expeditions 2011, atop the AOSS building. Credit: Jeff Miller, UW Communications.

The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building will open its doors this Saturday as part of UW-Madison’s Science Expeditions, a weekend-long event that welcomes learners and explorers of all ages to campus to experience science first-hand.

The AOSS Open House will take place on Saturday, 2 April 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The activities planned are sure to appeal to children and adults alike, showcasing the broad range of weather-related scientific research happening in our building.

The Antarctic Meteorological Research Center will demonstrate interactive weather instruments, as well as cold-weather gear worn at the South Pole. Nearby, a colorful, rotating water tank from Professor Galen McKinley’s Ocean Research Group will show onlookers important weather processes in action, visualizing how water and air movement plays a role in climate research.

Our 3D globe demonstrations will allow visitors to see some of the the stunning animated satellite imagery produced here at SSEC, as well as tours of our roof (the second-tallest in Madison) and its impressive arrangement of satellite dishes and other scientific instrumentation.

A variety of weather and climate applets and satellite-imagery computer modules will also be up and running for visitors to explore.

More details on this free, public event are available on our website. For maps and information, including a full schedule of Science Expeditions destinations, visit UW-Madison’s science outreach webpage.

by Sarah Witman