NOAA offers virtual tour

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the latest federal agency to harness the power of the Web for public outreach. The new virtual tour of NOAA's National Hurricane Center takes visitors on a multimedia tour through the facility and is accompanied by informative audio and text explanations.

NOAA bills the site as a state-of-the-art tour, but some may feel it falls a bit short of that mark. Visitors are limited to scanning each room in a circle, zooming in or out and looking up or down. There is no actual control of movement through a virtual space.

The access point for the tours is a text listing of the various locations ' including National Hurricane Center operations, the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch operations, the Chief Aerial Reconnaissance Coordination, the Federal Emergency Management Agency liaison, Media and Seminar, NOAA Miami Regional Library and the Miami National Weather Service forecast office. Click on the location you want to view and it will be loaded into either a Flash or Java window.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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