National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s virtual world takes advantage of a platform known as “Second Life”. This platform is a 3-D online world with a rapidly growing population from 100 countries around the globe. Residents themselves create and build everything from homes, vehicles, stores, and landscapes to educational areas like the map. The Second Life platform does require installing software on your computer.
On NOAA’s island, one can soar through a hurricane on the wing of a research aircraft, rise gently through the atmosphere atop a weather balloon, or search for a hidden underwater cave on a side trip from a NOAA submarine.
To visit the island, please visit http://www.secondlife.com/ and sign up for a free account. There is a short orientation process to adjust you to the new environment. Afterwards, visit the following link to be “teleported” straight to NOAA’s island.