Earth science concepts can be hard to visualize. Spherical displays are a useful tool for conveying complex information in an engaging way. Just as satellites orbiting the globe have collected data that has revolutionized our understanding of processes in our atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces, so too have spherical displays enabled people to feel like they're viewing Earth from space and gain new insights. ClimateBits depict essential climate science concepts using imagery and narration to make them easily accessible to the general public.

ClimateBits are short videos designed for Science On a Sphere, installed in more than 100 museums and visitors centers around the world, and available online - with links to More information for people who have time and interest in connecting to our reference sources. The video series is an interagency collaboration between NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA and Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellite (CICS-MD) at the University of Maryland, College Park that was highlighted by NOAA Administrator Kathyrn Sullivan during the August, 2015 White House Climate Literacy Event..

The ClimateBits series has passed peer-review for scientific and educational content and is included in the NASA Wavelength digital library of Earth and space science educational resources.

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Stephanie Schollaert Uz, project lead and architect
Phillip Arkin, project manager emeritus


Special thanks to Mete Uz, Chris Brown, Hugo Berbery, Deb Baker, Maurice Henderson and Ginger Butcher for their contributions and advice.

Video Use Policy

ClimateBits videos are freely available for public use. Please use the credit statement at the end of each video or simply credit

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