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Social Science for the Environment, Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories. What do we do?. We take digital map data. and other information…. put it all together…. and make images and models of the landscape. Previous and Current Projects. Near Swaffham.

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Social Science for the Environment, Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories


What do we do? Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories

We take digital map data

and other information…

put it all together…

and make images and models of the landscape


Previous and Current Projects Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories

Near Swaffham

Oxfordshire

Near Trowse

Near Swaffham

UEA campus

Germany


…can you imagine this? Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories

Why do we turn maps into images and models?

Map information can be very useful, telling you you many things about the landscape.

BUT – not everyone is used to reading maps, and you can only include a certain amount of detail without losing clarity.

From looking at this…


Case Study: Virtual Reality and Experimental LaboratoriesEcological Corridors in the Norfolk Broads

  • Some habitats are not linked very directly despite proximity – e.g. parallel Thurne and Ant valleys

  • Areas separated by agriculture, main roads, buildings – blocking species movements

  • What if corridors of land were allowed to revert to more natural vegetation, to link these areas?

  • Images allow proposals to be discussed more easily (but at present it is all hypothetical!)


Digital Elevation Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories(or Terrain) Model

Measurements at 5m spacing in this case, derived from laser-scanning


Land use / cover information Virtual Reality and Experimental Laboratories

Based on Ordnance Survey MasterMap, but with additional information from other sources





VRML woodland) and hedges


VRML woodland) and hedges


VRML woodland) and hedges


VRML woodland) and hedges


VRML woodland) and hedges


Case study climate change impacts on rural landscapes
Case Study: Climate Change Impacts on Rural Landscapes woodland) and hedges

GenesisII

Current situation

Local Stewardship

National Enterprise

VRML

World Construction Set


Case study climate change impacts on rural landscapes1
Case study: Climate Change Impacts on Rural Landscapes woodland) and hedges

Current situation

Local Stewardship

National Enterprise

VRML


Caution… woodland) and hedges

  • Detail levels should be chosen with care

    • what will people infer from a detailed image?

    • tendency to get lost in the details


Case study: woodland) and hedges

Virtual Reality in Environmental Management

Visualising Coastal Futures

This research has been funded by


Coastal environments are undergoing change woodland) and hedges

  • Issues for low lying coasts and soft cliffs

  • Sea level rise and possibilities of increased storminess.

  • Increasing costs of maintaining current sea defences.

  • Recognition that solid engineering solutions may not be sustainable in the future.

  • Communication of options is increasingly important.


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