This research seeks to
understand the ways in which depicting the consequences of storm surge and sea
level rise impact perceptions of risk. It provides guidance for creators of
realistic and semi-realistic 3d visualizations known as “landscape
visualizations”, emergency managers, planners, and policy makers.
The project has fostered a
collaboration between the Dept. of Marine Affairs and the ITS lab, which trains
undergraduate students that have experience in computer programming and
three-dimensional modelling techniques. This project has given the students a
chance to develop their skills in an applied setting. This summer the students
at the lab developed sea level rise visualizations created for the coastal
towns of Warren, Bristol and Barrington in the state of Rhode Island.