Patrick Hogan: From Earth to Shelter
Lecture series: “An Idea of Home (Psychological, economic and environmental challenges of having a roof over our heads)”
Curated by Dejan Atanackovic
SACI Multimedia classroom, Via Sant’Egidio 14, Florence – ITALY
On Monday, Patrick Hogan, Earth Scientist and Project Manager at NASA, was a special guest in SACI’s Digital Multimedia class, taught by Dejan Atanackovic. Hogan addressed the theme of “Home” from the point of view of “a scientist dealing with the idea of our relatively small and rather fragile home planet, Earth, particularly the filamentous biosphere that allows for life.”
“As our current temperate climate is being dramatically altered, there will be dramatic consequences as a result, to energy, water, food and the survivability of society.” Patrick’s talk addressed the importance of realizing sustainability and the importance of localizing resources, as well as ways of connecting communities “working in each other’s interest, if we are to survive as a species, much more as a society.”
Patrick and his group of young NASA interns, who are currently touring Europe as part of the Europa Challenge project, also presented works developed around Patrick’s main NASA project, the World Wind, an open source platform for use and interpretation of geospatial data. They are presenting projects developed with the use of World Wind technology, including a software for tracking satellites and satellite debris in the Earth’s orbit, and a new system for timely forecast of earthquakes, and of course, the ability to see weather and climate change on a global scale.
Patrick Hogan is an environmental scientist with over 22 years of service to NASA. He has managed programs from Superfund subsurface investigations to education technology research for delivering NASA content into the classroom. He is also a registered Geologist in the State of California, a licensed pilot, a certified deep sea diver, and a former high school science teacher. Currently Patrick manages the NASA World Wind project, a team of world class engineers producing open source virtual globe software that has received National awards, including NASA Software of the Year for 2009.