Virtual Reality for the real world.

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National Geographic is using new media to inspire people to care about the planet—and to help them understand it. National Geographic gave a presentation (or, at least, their avatars did) at the New Media Consortium’s Symposium for the Future in Second Life, an immersive, 3-D virtual world.

NMC staff created an evocative base camp for us, with a campfire and tent, tall grass, binoculars, laptop, and the requisite pith helmet…

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Using Google Earth to Visualise Climate Change Impacts

This Google Earth site provides an exciting application of the virtual globe platform for exploring likely climate change impacts and possible climate adaptation futures ahead of the UN’s climate conference in Copenhagen in December (COP15). The first of the 5 narrated virtual tours provides an introduction by Al Gore and the remaining 4 tours enable you to explore a number of climate change related issues such as the impact of deforestation and subsequent increased carbon dioxide emissions. Also available from this site are some downloadable (kmz) IPCC climate predictions for low, medium and high emissions scenarios. Through these you can explore predicted changes in global decadal annual mean temperature and rainfall from 2000-2090.

Mt Elephant fly-though

Mt Elephant is geological significant feature situated within the Victorian Volcanic Plains.This photo-realistic landscape fly-though was created using ArcScene based on 1 metre DEM created from LiDAR and aerial photograph . The airphoto is placed in 3D by reading height information from the defined 3D surface. The hillshade and rendering tools from Spatial analyst extention give it a life like appearance.

DIY Street View Camera

As part of a course at the United States Military Academy at West Point, maker Roy D. Ragsdale developed aprototype Street View-like camera using a laptop, $300 in off-the-shelf components, and open source software. A Python script captures eight 1280x1024px JPEG files that are then stitched together and uploaded to Google Earth.

More information be found in the IEEE SPECTRUM 10-09 Magazine page 14

OZViz 2009

For those interested in both scientific and geographical visualization this could be the event for you . The OzViz workshop is being hosted by Monash University’s e-Research Centre 3-4 Dec 2009 . Important dates are as follows:

Important Dates:
Deadline for presentation abstract submission – 1st November 2009
Acceptance notification – 7th of November 2009
Deadline for submissions to the visualisation showreel – 16th November 2009
Workshop – 3rd & 4th of December

Note – registration is free for all participants!

Service oriented support for heterogeneous software tools in environmental modelling and visualisation (part II)

This is the eighth of a series of presentations given at the MODSIM / ISPRS WGII/6 session on Visualisation in support of management decisions.

Title of this presentation: “Service oriented support for heterogeneous software tools in environmental modelling and visualisation”
Marcos Nino-Ruiz

A copy of the refereed paper can downloaded from the MODSIM conference website:

Service oriented support for heterogeneous software tools in environmental modelling and visualisation (part I)

This is the eighth of a series of presentations given at the MODSIM / ISPRS WGII/6 session on Visualisation in support of management decisions.

Title of this presentation: “Service oriented support for heterogeneous software tools in environmental modelling and visualisation”
Marcos Nino-Ruiz

A copy of the refereed paper can downloaded from the MODSIM conference website:

Using game engine technology to create real-time interactive environments to assist in planning and visual assessment for infrastructure (part II)

This is the seventh of a series of presentations given at the MODSIM / ISPRS WGII/6 session on Visualisation in support of management decisions.

Title of this presentation: “Using game engine technology to create real-time interactive environments to assist in planning and visual assessment for infrastructure”
Phil Greenwood

A copy of the refereed paper can downloaded from the MODSIM conference website:

Using game engine technology to create real-time interactive environments to assist in planning and visual assessment for infrastructure (part I)

This is the seventh of a series of presentations given at the MODSIM / ISPRS WGII/6 session on Visualisation in support of management decisions.

Title of this presentation: “Using game engine technology to create real-time interactive environments to assist in planning and visual assessment for infrastructure”
Phil Greenwood

A copy of the refereed paper can downloaded from the MODSIM conference website: