AOSS Open House Saturday April 1

2017 AOSS Open House

2017 AOSS Open House: Saturday, April 1, 10am-2pm.

Looking for an opportunity to learn more about what we study and do in the Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) Building? Come visit us this Saturday, April 1 between 10am – 2pm!

Once again, we are inviting the public to the AOSS Open House, just one of many venues open to the public this weekend as part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Science Expeditions.

Here’s what’s in store at AOSS:

In the lobby, you can:

  • Meet the scientists who study the weather and climate of the South Pole (sometimes living and working there as they maintain the weather stations that collect data).
  • Try out the online weather and climate applets as you explore the atmosphere to learn why there are seasons, how to grow a snowflake, and more!
  • See “Weather in a Tank” and learn about the connections between the motions of water and air and the resulting weather and climate on Earth.

In the globe room down the hall, check out our 3D globe and its animations of weather satellite imagery, using data collected and processed right in our building.

On the way outside, meet the drillers and engineers who collect ice and rock core samples from the polar regions.

Then, outside, visit the SSEC Portable Atmospheric Research Center (SPARC), our roving lab that allows us to take observations out in the field. Learn more about the instruments and what they measure, and what it’s like to conduct research on the road.

Last but not least, take a trip up to the roof not only to take in the spectacular views of Madison, but learn about our rooftop weather instruments and why we have so many satellite dishes. Tours leave the AOSS lobby every half hour with the last tour leaving at 1:30pm.

So mark your calendars now, and remember to visit AOSS [map] this Saturday, April 1 between 10am – 2pm!

by Leanne Avila