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As communities worldwide contend with the impacts of climate change including more frequent flooding and coastal erosion, heatwaves and wildfires, a critical piece of the puzzle has become educating stakeholders in insightful, and practical ways to visualize climate impacts.
Immersive Experiences in Climate Adaptation
Speaker: Juliano Calil (Ph.D.), Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy
and Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies;
Cofounder of Virtual Planet Technologies
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Via Zoom (details below)
About the Topic
In this talk, Dr. Calil will highlight the main findings from his recent research and provide an overview of his work developing immersive experiences to support community engagement and advance climate adaptation efforts. He will present the latest scientific findings related to the effectiveness of using immersive tools (including Virtual Reality-aka VR) in education and environmental literacy and will highlight the need for multidisciplinary teams to address these issues including climate scientists, psychologists, city planners, communications experts, community organizers, artists, and others. Dr. Calil will share lessons learned from developing and deploying projects focused on conservation, coastal risks, urban heat, and wildfires in the last three years. His projects include multiple locations including Turner Station, MD, Santa Cruz, CA, Long Beach, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Huntington Beach, CA, Elkhorn Slough, CA, Paradise, CA, Cleveland, OH, and West Palm Beach, FL. His work was showcased at multiple media outlets, including Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.
About the Speaker
Juliano Calil (Ph.D.) is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy and Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Dr. Calil is the cofounder of Virtual Planet Technologies and a pioneer in science communication. His work and academic research are motivated by the urgent need to reduce climate change impacts by adopting equitable solutions through inclusive community outreach. Juliano and his team are developing interactive virtual reality (VR) experiences to communicate climate change impacts and solutions to diverse audiences. Virtual Planet is working with communities across the country, from Turner Station, MD to Santa Cruz, Long Beach, and Paradise in California, to address complex issues related to coastal flooding, wildfires, and conservation. Juliano has published studies related to the use of immersive solutions to address climate impacts, and coastal adaptation studies in California, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Mid-Atlantic region, and Latin America and the Caribbean in the topics.
Immersive (360) Films:
- Elkhorn Slough: https://vimeo.com/491534566
- Wildfire Explorer 360 Film: https://vimeo.com/487494830/e16092037d
Recent Publication about VR in Community Engagement:
- Using Virtual Reality in Sea Level Rise Planning and Community Engagement—An Overview https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/13/9/1142
Virtual Planet’s websites:
Other recent work:
- NEGLECTED: Environmental Justice Impacts of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution (UNEP Report): https://www.unep.org/resources/report/neglected-environmental-justice-impacts-marine-litter-and-plastic-pollution
- A Holistic Framework for Evaluating Adaptation Approaches to Coastal Hazards and Sea Level Rise: A Case Study from Imperial Beach, California: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/13/9/1324
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