Knowledge Capsules

The Knowledge Capsules are outreach and communication videos that introduce the ongoing science research at EOS to mainstream audiences. These innovative shorts are the result of an interdisciplinary development and production process, and they take viewers on a journey into different aspects of Earth science and natural hazards. The videos include a combination of interviews, visualizations of scientific research, and documentation of fieldwork. They encapsulate research and insights about volcanoes, tsunamis, and climate change in Southeast Asia.

Volcanic Infrasound

Southeast Asia is a densely populated region with a few mega-cities located within 300 kilometers of active volcanoes. The volcanic infrasound can be used to detect and measure eruptions as they unfold, and increase the safety of civil aviation. Volcanic Infrasound is our latest Knowledge Capsule and it shows some of the EOS infrasound sensors located in a natural reserve in the middle of urban Singapore. The short documentary won an Award of Merit in the Educational Category at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California. During 2017 it has been screened at the prestigious international scientific events EGU Cinema in Vienna, Austria, and Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema in Paris, France.
Volcanic Infrasound is an Earth Science short film written and directed by Isaac Kerlow, subtitled in eight languages.
Produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore
Total running time: 9m 14s, color
Film Completed: December 2016


The Collection

All our Knowledge Capsules can be viewed online, and the first season is available on DVD. Download a 12-page PDF brochure of the first set of capsules (2012-2013).

Ichiro and the Wave presents a unique and inspirational experience by a tsunami survivor. Not too many people have survived being so close to a tsunami. Ichiro’s outlook remains remarkably positive in spite of having lost dozens of his extended family members. His matter of fact descriptions make it easy to understand the step-by-step disaster scenario, and it was an editing challenge to bring hours of interviews into an easy-to-watch 10 minutes.

Unlocking Climate Secrets follows the Marine Geochemistry team in their search for centuries-old coral colonies. They demonstrate how the extraction and analysis of corals and sediments can provide information about Earth’s climate.

A Tale of Two Tsunamis presents Prof. Kerry Sieh explaining the Tsunami Stratigraphy fieldwork performed in a beach along the coastline south of Banda Aceh. Based on exposed riverbed deposits, he traces the history of two tsunamis that took place centuries apart.

Join our star game tester in Kevin Plays Earth Girl 2 as he quickly demonstrates how to play a basic level in the Earth Girl 2 game.

Coastal Hazards features the Coastal Hazards team as they investigate coastal lagoons, coastal barrier systems, and estuaries along the shores of Southeast Asia and the South China Sea.

Earth Girl 2 was tested extensively for usability and comprehension. We partnered with public schools in Banda Aceh and Padang, Indonesia, and we also worked with schools in Singapore including Chatsworth International, DPS International, Geylang Methodist Primary, Presbyterian High School and the Singapore American School.

Exploring with Seismic Vibration shows how the Structural Geology team takes the IVI Envirovibe truck for a ride. This high-tech seismic vibrator works in conjunction with a set of geophones to detect ground vibrations after they pass through the subsurface.

Forensic Volcano Petrology presents how researchers in the Volcano Petrology team analyze Merapi volcano rocks as an aid to understanding the volcano’s particular magma chambers and eruptions. By examining these volcanic rocks the team is one step closer to unraveling the cause of explosive eruptions.

We used to make 20-minute-long shorts before we came up with the idea of making Knowledge Capsules. People-Coral-Mentawai was our first doc at EOS and it shows the methods used by Prof. Kerry Sieh to develop a timeline of earthquakes in the West Sumatra region. The methodology is based on extracting and interpreting data from corals that have been uplifted during earthquakes, a process that is both laborious and ingenious. This data can be used to better understand the behavior and patterns of earthquakes and tsunamis in SE Asia.

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Volcanic Infrasound Screenings

Volcanic Infrasound was premiered at the Raw Science Film Festival in Santa Monica, California, and it won the Award of Merit in the Educational Category at the Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California.

October 2017
Ekotopfilm Prague International Film Festival on Sustainable Development, Prague, Czech Republic

August 2017
Goldschmidt Wild Orbit Cinema, Paris, France

Accolade Global Film Competition in La Jolla, California

EGU GeoCinema, Vienna, Austria
Academia Film Olomouc International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Olomouc, Czech Republic

December 2016
Raw Science Film Festival, Santa Monic, California (World Premiere)

November 2016
Cities on Volcanoes 9, Puerto Varas, Chile (Preview)

Volcanic Infrasound is a documentary short directed by Isaac Kerlow
Produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore
Total running time: 9m 5s, color
Film Completed: January 2017