Conservation Biology Institute
Bridging conservation science and practice
Tangible Landscape as a tool for modeling and science communication

In this webinar, NCSU Center for Geospatial Analytics introduces Tangible Landscape, a technology that links an interactive physical model with GRASS GIS through a real-time cycle of interaction, 3D scanning, geospatial computation, and 3D rendering. Different types of interactions including molding polymeric sand, placing markers, and drawing with laser pointer allow us to couple Tangible Landscape with spatio-temporal models simulating the spread of wildfire, emerging plant diseases, such as Sudden Oak Death in California, or models projecting urbanization on regional scale. We will show how Tangible Landscape can be used in various settings such as labs, outreach events and conferences, and how you can build Tangible Landscape and use it for your own applications

Below are links to more information about Tangible Landscape:

Presentation slides:

Tangible Landscape website:

Tangible Landscape wiki:

Book: Tangible Modeling with Open Source GIS

Tangible Landscape plugin for GRASS GIS

GRASS GIS module for importing data from Kinect v2

Tangible Landscape repository on Open Science Framework

Tangible Landscape in Africa:

Helena Mitasova, Anna Petrasova, Brendan Harmon, Vaclav Petras, Payam Tabrizian,and Ross Meentemeyer
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