Roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans dissolves into oceans, rivers, and lakes. Stanford scientists have produced a 360-degree virtual underwater ecosystem to provide an up-close look at how coral reefs might appear by the end of the century if emissions aren’t curbed.
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Apr 13, 2016

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A rocky reef off the coast of Italy demonstrates the future of climate change. Meet Dr. Fio Micheli, the marine scientist who studies this reef, and dive underwater with her to learn about ocean acidification and how human-produced carbon dioxide will turn all the world’s oceans into what scientists are calling “the ocean moonscape.”

The Crystal Reef is 360-degree video experience that tackles communicating climate change in an immersive and scientifically valid way by the combining the virtual reality expertise of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) along with the research of the marine science experts at Hopkins Marine Station.

Drastic change in conservation behaviors can sometimes require unrealistic access to places or experiences that are impossible for the general public. This is additionally the case in marine science, which suffers from communication problems because many of its ecosystems are only directly accessible to coastal citizens, able scuba divers or aquarium visitors. The complexity of climate change and ocean acidification also makes it difficult for the public to grasp its scope. The Crystal Reef is a story that aims to reduce both of those access barriers.

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    • OS: Windows 8 or higher
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6500 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980 or equivalent
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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