In my (long)time working in museums I have been to many conferences, meetings and workshops both as an invited speaker and a participant / hanger-on. An invitation I received recently really took the (carbon)cake – please come to the Ripley Centre at the Smithsonian and attend our workshop, Toward a 4D Planetary Carbon Model, facilitated by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). Oh, OK, I’ll come along!
From the documentation the questions to be addressed are:
- What are the key aspects of the planetary carbon cycle that DCO scientists want to understand?
- What are the key aspects of the planetary carbon cycle that DCO scientists want the public to understand? (Where public=policy makers, students, citizens, industry)
- Which vehicles might we use to visualize and model the planetary (deep) carbon cycle?
And the goals are to:
- Explore how the DCO can integrate, engage, and leverage funding to support the modelling community to develop models (geodynamic, thermodynamic, box, symbolic) that incorporate Earth’s carbon cycle.
- Explore how models and carbon data can be visualized in 4D so that the data can be accessed, interrogated, and better understood by scientists.
- Brainstorm and debate what platform(s) these modelling and visualisation efforts should take to be of best advantage to both scientists and the public or each independently.
So, why me? Once I had a look at the materials and what was proposed for us to do over the three days, my role was clearer, and the excitement and potential of the outcomes for museum practices generally became apparent. More on that to come.
On my way over took the opportunity to meet colleagues at the Bishop Museum and Pearl Harbour National Parks Service in Hawaii, and of course the one and only Seb Chan at the Cooper-Hewitt, and a new colleague, Barry Joseph from the American Museum of Natural History in New York (his blog is highly recommended). A visit to the 9/11 Memorial was also a highlight, as was crashing a book launch, The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences, written by my dear friend and colleague Leslie Bedford.
More on all of this to come – get ready for a flood of posts over the next little while!