Future Earth Initiative
Researchers: Andrew Johnson, Jason Leigh, Khairi Reda, Science Museum of Minnesota
Funding: NSF award Science Museum of Minnesota; subaward UIC
EVL is working with the Science Museum of Minnesota on a museum exhibit titled Future Earth. This exhibit addresses the long-term human impact on out planet. One component of the Future Earth exhibit is the Rising Tides. It will use EVL’s TacTile multitouch display, allowing visitors to collaboratively explore the effect of sea-level rise on major urban areas in the US that are susceptible to sea-level rise (for example, Baltimore).
Visitors will be able to explore different scenarios of global sea-level rise, and interact with a photo realistic rendering that shows how much land will be flooded due to sea rise. The exhibit will use state-of-the art LIDAR data, which provides high resolution elevation models, to render a scientifically accurate prediction of the flooded areas. The multitouch display will allow visitors to interact seamlessly with the visualization and work together to better understand the consequence of global sea-level rise and how it relates to their local communities.
Date: April 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011