This full-scale development project titled “3D Visualization Tools For Enhancing Awareness, Understanding, And Stewardship Of Freshwater Ecosystems” seeks to raise public awareness and increase understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems, habitats, and earth science processes using 3-D visualizations of lake and watershed processes, complemented by science activity stations with hands-on and multimedia resources.

To expand the knowledge of how to use and contextualize 3-D scientific visualizations for informal science learning, this project will expand upon the positive evaluation resultsfrom its NSF Pathways project – Visualization as a Tool in Informal Science Education at Lake Tahoe (NSF #0755578) – for two lakes: Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, and Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York.

This project will make accessible to everyday audiences knowledge on inter-related freshwater ecosystems and earth processes using 3-D visualizations covering a broad spectrum of the processes that drive the behavior and health of freshwater ecosystems. The educational visualizations combine real data sets and numerical simulations (computer models) to show past and current conditions, and numerical simulations to show future scenarios under different conditions of nature and human impact.

Collaborating Institutions:

University of California, Davis

Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) http://terc.ucdavis.edu/

photo: Chris Talbot

KeckCAVES: http://keckcaves.org/

Keck Caves

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center: http://www.echovermont.org/

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Lawrence Hall of Science, U. C. Berkeley:  http://lawrencehallofscience.org/

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Audience Viewpoints: http://www.audienceviewpoints.com/

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