EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

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The Whole World In Your Hands: Using an Interactive Virtual Reality Sandbox for Geospatial Education and Outreach. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, California.

Traditional geospatial education tools such as maps and computer screens don't convey the rich topography present on Earth. Translating lines on a contour lines on a topo map to relief in a landscape can be a challenging concept to convey.A partnership between Alaska EPSCoR and the Geographic Information Network of Alaska has successfully constructed an Interactive Virtual Reality Sandbox, an education tool that in real-time projects and updates topographic contours on the surface of a sandbox. The sandbox has been successfully deployed at public science events as well as professional geospatial and geodesy conferences. Landscape change, precipitation, and evaporation can all be modeled, much to the delight of our enthusiasts, who range in age from 3 to 90. Visually, as well as haptically, demonstrating the effects of events (such as dragging a hand through the sand) on a landscape, as well as the intuitive realization of meaning of topographic contour lines, has proven to be engaging.

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    Website :: Publisher's website

    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFMED43C3490C

Status: Complete
Type: Project
Data Types: Report
Primary Contact
Clucas, Tania
Email: thclucas@alaska.edu
Primary Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Funding Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Other Agencies
National Science Foundation

ISO Topics
geoscientificInformation

Geo-keywords
Alaska

Direct Record Link
http://epscor.portal.gina.alaska.edu/catalogs/11809-the-whole-world-in-your-hands-using-an-interac
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