SOS Explorer

4.0
59 reviews
10K+
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Everyone
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About this app

SOS Explorer (SOSx) Mobile is a free, flat screen mobile app version of the popular NOAA Science On a Sphere (SOS). This revolutionary software takes SOS datasets, usually only seen on a 6-foot sphere in large museum spaces, and makes them accessible, portable, and interactive anywhere. SOSx Mobile can immerse the user in animated images such as Saturn’s rings, atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperatures to help explain sometimes complex environmental processes in a way that is intuitive, captivating, interactive, and entertaining. A desktop version, called SOS Explorer, is also available. Contact getsos.gsd@noaa.gov to purchase the exhibit-quality desktop application, which includes VR, real-time data, and the ability to add your own content.

Features include:

• Streaming, high-resolution datasets
• Educational videos
• User-guided tours
• Analysis tools
• 100+ datasets
• Global and flat map views

Sample datasets:

• Recent Hurricane Seasons
• Bird Migration
• Earthquake Activity
• Snow and Ice
• Ocean Currents
• Historical Tsunamis
• Facebook Friendships
• Air Traffic
• Planets of the Solar System
• Climate Change Models
• 360 Underwater Imagery
• Narrated Movies
• ...and so much more!

For more information check out the FAQ.

© 2019 Colorado State University
Updated on
Apr 13, 2021

Data safety

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Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
4.0
59 reviews
A Google user
August 30, 2019
Performance is poor at best. Some of the images/models/movies work ok, but zooming in to any viewable interest is almost impossible. Locks up when trying to enter the Tools > Settings. Tried on Samsung Tablet and Chromebook.
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Carl Reinemann
May 7, 2020
Initial look is good, but the data... 2012 data for Aurora's? Satellite positions only get the message "unable to load satellite orbit information. Can only spin the globe, some of the movies play, Sat imagery of earth in true color is from 2019. Running on a Note 9. Requires a lot of data, recommend wifi only
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A Google user
August 12, 2019
Fantastic way to learn about so much, thanks! My only wish is zoomable menus/legends. Even on my 6+ in screen, some if it is barely legible.
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What's new

Improved reliability loading datasets and viewing abstracts and summaries on the web.