Virtual Planet and The Nature Conservancy created a new sea level rise experience in virtual reality for Fleming Park, near Turner Station in MD. The community is working with design firms and non-profit organizations to revitalize a waterfront park, which is a treasured gathering place for the community. For more information visit virtualplanet.tech/
The Virtual Planet team includes Dr. Calil (scientist and data expert with a PH.D. in ocean science and coastal adaptation and certified drone pilot), Paulo Salvatore (veteran game designer, and user experience expert), and Gianluca Tessicini (senior developer). The development includes flying drones over the areas of land depicted, each drone taking 200-600 photos from the air at each location, then working with “photogrammetry” using GPS, triangulation and geometry to identify 40,000 points of similarity between the photos. The software then selects 4000 of the best overlapping points in each image to create the final 3D models that are inserted in the VR experience. Working the latest available science, including sea level rise and coastal erosion models from the USGS, and NOAA, photogrammetry software, and Salvatore’s development expertise, Virtual Planet delivers a seamless VR experience.