On Saturday 8 November 2014, we ran two public fieldwork sessions at the University of East Anglia. Suitable for all ages and all levels of interest, the general public were invited to join us on a walk across campus to the River Yare. This was no ordinary stroll.
Participants observed environmental issues, such as litter, pollution, bank erosion and invasive species. Using a smartphone app created by Sarah Taigel, a PhD student, people recorded their observations and took photos. Results were displayed on a 125-degree curved screen hosted at the University of East Anglia’s Virtual Reality Theatre.
After a cup of tea at basecamp, participants were then taken on a virtual flight over Norfolk. Online Ordnance Survey maps were draped over a surface model and viewed in 3D in the Virtual Reality Theatre.
We also added extra layers of mapped information, displaying the results of our research. How do you solve the problem of where to plant Britain’s new woodlands? A: you consider the impact across multiple elements of the natural environment – from loss to farmers to the gain to dog walkers. See below.