Carter Emmart is the Director of Astrovisualization at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. He was one of the original team members at the NASA funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public through immersive data visualization.
Carter was instrumental in the development of the UniView astronomical visualization and universal data exploration platform. He directs the in-house space show production at the Hayden Planetarium as well as past collaborations with the visualization teams of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Carter has also worked at NASA Ames Research Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He holds an honorary PhD from Linkopping University in Sweden.
Who speaks for the Earth? Those who have experienced it by being able to put the picture together in their own heads by seeing it not as a diagram, but as the system it truly is. What the Earth actually looks like from space can now be constructed from full color, high resolution, global daily imaging by satellites.
Classrooms around the world with a computer, projector and Internet can now be networked to explore the evolving global image together, and do it with guidance by authorities wherever they may be. The question is whether common access to this perspective will forge a more integrated awareness of our condition and inspire action for better integrated stewardship.