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Climate change adaptation

3D landscapes provide an ideal way to view climate change impact models related to flood and coastal inundation. Making the vertical dimension of topography and the built environment explicit helps to produce a better understanding of these risks. Often sophisticated modelling of the potential climate change impacts is poorly communicated to local governments and communities that are the most affected and on the frontline of impact mitigation.

Recently completed work for The Pacific Community (TPC), produced tactile 3D visualisations of climate change-induced inundation impacts.  This project involved

  • the production of a 3D-printed model version of the Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands) using elevation and bathymetry data.

  • Develop a data visualization interface using  inundation mapping and Predicted Sea Level Rise at 50cm, 1m and 2m intervals 

  • Data on the water lenses and where they are on the atoll itself.

  • The provision of projector and mount equipment as a complete 'ready to go' package.

  • Training in model set-up and interface navigation.

Majuro Atoll 3D inundation model.

TPC presenting the model at the 2022 Pacific youth summit.

TPC presenting the model at the 2022 Pacific youth summit.

The model has been used in multiple communication and outreach forums, including the  Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in November 2022 and the 2022 Pacific Youth Summit.  Two versions of the model have been produced, one for outreach work with TPC Suva office and a second for the Marshall islands government.

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