What can we learn from alternative to flood visualizations? Presented by Peter Steeple
January 24 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am EST
Coastal managers and other experts increasingly turn to localized 3D flood visualizations as tools to communicate the risk of coastal flooding to diverse audiences. A mounting body of evidence, however, raises questions about the effects of these visualizations when used outside of participatory processes. Localized visualizations have the least effect on the risk perceptions of persons living closest to a depicted hazard. Visualizations may even backfire by anchoring expectations or causing people living outside of depicted flood zones to assume they have no risk. The work presented here explores whether depicting impacts from storms and sea level rise more “sincerely”, meaning in ways that more closely resemble actual impacts instead of flooding, has benefits for decision support and risk communication. The presentation includes model-driven visualizations of coastal impacts such as shoreline change and preliminary findings, leaving ample time for questions and discussion.