Visualizing complex climate models is difficult and the results are often challenging to interpret. We created a immersive analytics tool for exploring the output of a Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy (DICE) model to demonstrate the potential of immersive virtual reality (iVR) for exploring climate models in a more intuitive way. Immersive abstract 3D visualizations and realistic environmental models are integrated into the same experience. DICE models and other Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) are critical for informing environmental decision making and policy analysis. They often produce complex and multi-layered output, but need to be understood by decision makers who are not experts. iVR on the other hand enables representations that are both compelling and intuitive.
Jan Oliver Wallgrün
Department of Geography
Earth and Environmental Systems Institute
Stuckeman Center for Design Computing
Smeal College of Business