ThalassaVR | See the change you want to be

A stretch of Pacific Coast highway in malibu recreated in the unity video game engine (Credit: Andrew Doiron & Adam Fenech, Prince Edward Island University)

A stretch of Pacific Coast highway in malibu recreated in the unity video game engine (Credit: Andrew Doiron & Adam Fenech, Prince Edward Island University)

The science behind sea level rise can be confounding to non-scientists.  It often requires being able to decipher complicated scientific graphs and jargon, which most people are not trained to do. Communicating this information in a compelling and visceral way has been a challenge for scientists and communicators alike.

ThalassaVR uses exciting technological advances in virtual reality (VR) software and hardware to develop immersive and behavior-changing visualizations that can aid in communicating complex science.

For instance, when people recognize a photorealistic shoreline or building that they know and love, and then see it flooded, their reptilian brain is activated in a way that traditional sea level rise viewers cannot elicit. VR allows people to experience climate impacts virtually without having the actual impacts.  If combined effectively with gamification, the potential to elicit lasting and substantial behavior change is immense.

The ultimate goal of ThalassaVR is tap into people's inner reptiles and spur people to understand the grand challenge we face to both plan for and mitigate against further climate change.

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