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Interactive Visual Simulation of Coastal Landscape Change Philip PAAR, Katy APPLETON, Malte CLASEN,

Summary: Interactive Visual Simulation of Coastal Landscape Change
Maria GENSEL, Simon JUDE, Andrew LOVETT
This paper describes and evaluates the application of the interactive landscape visualisation
system Biosphere3D in a case study of cliff erosion in Norfolk, on the eastern coast of
England. The study builds upon previous work on coastal zone management by the
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.
Biosphere3D is an open-source system, which supports multiple scales on a virtual globe,
loads GIS data at runtime, and focuses on real-time rendering of vegetation and foreground
detail. The 3D landscape model has been developed by using scientific modelling data on
cliff retreat to define changes in digital elevation models and then incorporating other
spatially referenced content to represent natural and man-made features. We compare the
use of Biosphere 3D with previously-employed visualisation techniques and discuss the
requirements of digital globes to support more convincing depiction of local visual
landscape impacts of global change.
1 Introduction
Issues relating to sea level rise and flooding are widely recognised as an important aspect of
hazards related to climate change in many countries (e.g. DEFRA 2008). Challenges also
exist in communicating the issues and management options to local communities and it has


Source: Andrzejak, Artur - Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences