Active Earth Display

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

Where are the most recent earthquakes, tsunamis and other seismic events around the U.S. and the world, and why do they happen?

The Active Earth Display presents live seismic data and the science behind it to science center visitors around the country.

Image Works and XhibitNet staff worked with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to design and develop an ongoing stream of new content for the Active Earth Display, a networked, interactive computer-based museum display for science centers, visitor centers, schools, and libraries.

IRIS is a university consortium sponsored by the National Science Foundation dedicated to operating seismological science facilities and making seismic data freely available for research and educational use.


The experience

  • The display consists of a customizable set of multimedia interactives about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis that engage museum audiences with live data feeds from research projects around the world.
  • All content can be displayed using a touch screen, mouse, or trackball. The General Seismicity content can be displayed as rotating non-interactive content on a standard monitor.