COLLEGE STATION — Until Oct. 14, the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center is hosting an ‘OmniGlobe,’ a high-tech globe that displays the planet’s environmental and geopolitical trends, among other images and animations.
The exhibit is in MSC 1402 and open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
On loan from Earth Day Texas, the exhibit features a 32-inch glass globe with an internal high definition projector that displays detailed illustrations on the globe’s surface. A touch-screen kiosk lets visitors choose from among dozens of displays, such as moving ocean currents, tsunamis, cloud patterns, air traffic and climate trends.
A team of researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University Health Science Center brought the exhibit to campus. The researchers are developing a new OmniGlobe animation featuringissues pertaining to water around the world and in Texas. The presentation will highlight the team’s ongoing research to address water shortages and quality. The team includes Dr. Bill Fox and Dr. June Wolfe, both with AgriLife Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Temple.
The OmniGlobe is “a way to visualize information on how big systems fit together,” Fox said. “Water is a key nexus that ties health and human safety together with natural resource management. From my perspective, Texas A&M is at the forefront of addressing these kinds of issues in our state, nation and around the world.”
The pre-set animations for this OmniGlobe were chosen by the founder of Earth Day Texas, Trammell S. Crow of Dallas.
Texas A&M is one of the OmniGlobe’s stops on a travel circuit to educational institutions in Texas and beyond.