Texas Sea Grant partners with Institute for Applied Creativity to launch visualization internship on climate change

October 17, 2014

By Mona Behl

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University (TAMU) has partnered with the university’s Institute for Applied Creativity to launch a new internship designed to use visualization to communicate weather, water and climate issues in Texas.

Joshua Aoki, a master’s degree student in the Department of Visualization in TAMU’s College of Architecture, will develop several short educational videos on different aspects of climate change that include the basics of climate science, indicators of climatic change, and the impacts of climate change on Texas. He also will gain valuable real-world experience on how science serves society.

"I am a native of San Antonio and live over the Edwards Aquifer,” Aoki says. “San Antonio often has to practice water restriction policies during periods of low rainfall, as well as manage what facilities are built above the aquifer recharge zone. I believe that educating people on this and other issues in Texas is the first step to effectively enforcing measures to protect the stability and availability of our natural resources."

Aoki honed his skills in the undergraduate visualization program. He has worked with the TAMU Center for Health Systems and Design and is a member of the student chapter of SIGGRAPH. He also was an International Exchange Student at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung in Bonn, Germany.

Joshua Aoki (right), Texas Sea Grant intern and master’s student in the Department of Visualization, films Dr. R. Saravanan (left), Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, with assistance from Jacob Plant (center), also a visualization master’s student. (PHOTO BY DR. MONA BEHL) (A higher-resolution version of the photo is available here.)

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.