Sean Connelly & Andy Wisniewsky

With over 11,000 weather sensors across Earth’s surface, land and sea, we can access the weather any place, anytime. Radios, LCD screens, and retina displays guarantee access to a stream of weather data that renders the planet seemingly more predictable and dependable. Forecasting is woven tightly into the fabric of everyday contemporary life. Moisture, temperature, pressure, salinity, and sea surface heights are as much a part of our daily infrastructure as buildings, roads, and utilities.

While, the increasing technical resolution of Earth imaging systems have given us the insight to better understand our planet as a multi-dimensional, complex system, in these deeper dimensions we also realize that we never had nor will gain, control. To protect ourselves from the outside we have turned what was outside, inside.

Our smart phones are shining replicas of our interiorized world. Of interfaces stripped of geography, turned fonts, numbers, cartoon dots, drops, and swirls.

In these degrees of doubt of everything we have ever known, we venture to confront the changing patterns of our planet. We will look into the expanding array of weather sensors deployed across the ocean, our last wild frontier. Perhaps, to find our ocean is already one giant weather station, a gauge.

"Degrees of Doubt" research booklet: issuu.com/oceanicturn/docs/oceanic-wisniewski-connelly-final

This research video was created as part of The Oceanic Turn Advanced Seminar, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Spring 2014: gsd.harvard.edu/#/academics/courses/adv-09132-spring-2014.html

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