When sea levels increase rapidly, it can produce destructive effects on coastal surroundings. As seawater extends inland, it can bring about devastating erosion and flooding; contamination of soil and water levels; and loss of habitation for birds, plants, and fish. To demonstrate the impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding in an immersive and interactive method, Oceanit built an augmented reality sandbox based on open source research at the University of California, Davis by combining an actual sandbix with a 3D camera, digital projector, and computer.
While it can often be difficult to visualize a 2D map, the learning tool’s interactive topographical map adjusts to visually demonstrate topographical differences using color and contour lines as the sand is used to shape mountains, valleys, and waterways. This powerful outreach tool allows the ability to shape the sand’s landscape, while the camera tracks changes in the sand’s elevation and projects a virtual topography with corresponding elevation colors. Leveraging both playful learning and visualization, the augmented reality sandbox supports the understanding of geographic, geologic, and hydrologic principles.
The augmented reality sandbox provides an unique and interactive way to demonstrate climate change and its effects on shorelines to the community. Contact Oceanit to learn more about the augmented reality sandbox.