Communicating the effect of human behaviour on the Great Barrier Reef via mixed reality visualisation

Hieu Nim, Mengyang Wang, Yujie Zhu, Bjorn Sommer, Falk Schreiber, Sarah E. Boyd, Stephen J. Wang

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For many years, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia has been under serious threat of rapid decline due to a number of factors including heat stress events and the crown-of thorn
sea star. Human behaviour can directly and indirectly contribute to these factors, for example, through increased water and carbon footprints. In this paper, we illustrate the potential benefit of a large-scale mixed reality visualisation methodology in communicating complex GBR data, including exploring the impact of individual factors on the coral reef ecosystem. We present an immersive interactive visualisation, combining tiled displays (PerceptuWall) and head-mounted displays (Oculus DK2, Google Cardboard), that dynamically presents individualised coral damage information based on viewers’ footprint inputs. The immersive tour provides a use-case for promoting understanding of how human behaviour impacts on GBR health by linking individual or regional actions to global outcomes, with the additional advantage of capturing the public’s attention for immersive technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA)
Subtitle of host publicationSydney, Australia, 22 - 25 November 2016 [Proceedings]
EditorsTomasz Bednarz, Ulrich Engelke, Julian Heinrich, Karsten Klein, Quang Vinh Nguyen
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509052721 (Xplore), 9781509052714 (USB)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA 2016) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 22 Nov 201625 Nov 2016
Conference number: 2nd


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics (BDVA 2016)
Abbreviated titleBDVA'16
OtherBDVA 2016 : 2nd International Symposium on Big Data Visual Analytics
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  • Immersive analytics
  • Mixed reality
  • Public awareness
  • Coral reef
  • Bleaching
  • Heat stress

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