3D digital visualizations are a robust tool for supporting environmental decision-making, however they lack multisensory real world experience. Sustainable technologies (e.g. wind farms or high-speed rail) have a multisensory impact. This project aims to fill a perceptual and procedural knowledge gap for using multisensory environmental simulation tools in environmental decision-making processes. Using a mixed methods research approach (experimental psychology and transdisciplinary action research) the aims are to a) determine how the combination of sound and 3D visualizations contributes to our perception of environmental change with a focus on biodiversity and b) identify strategies to better integrate multisensory environmental simulation into environmental decision-making. The goal is to provide evidence on how we understand and interact with the world around us, thereby contributing to more robust decision-making processes.
Evaluating Ecosystem Service Tradeoffs in the Design, Planning & Management of Urban Forests: Synthesizing SDM, Scenario Planning and Landscape Visualization
$104,000 grant from the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program.