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Inside the ice shelf: using augmented reality to visualise 3D lidar and radar data of Antarctica

TitleInside the ice shelf: using augmented reality to visualise 3D lidar and radar data of Antarctica
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBoghosian A.L, Pratt M.J, Becker M.K, Cordero S.I, Dhakal T., Kingslake J., Locke C.D, Tinto K.J, Bell R.E
Date Published2019/12
Type of ArticleArticle; Proceedings Paper
ISBN Number0031-868X
Accession NumberWOS:000508607800002
Keywordsantarctica; augmented reality; bed; data visualisation; Geology; greenland; HoloLens; Imaging Science &; LiDAR; Photographic Technology; Physical Geography; radar; Remote sensing; scientific visualization; simulation; vr

From 2015 to 2017, the ROSETTA-Ice project comprehensively mapped Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf using IcePod, a newly developed aerogeophysical platform. The campaign imaged the ice-shelf surface with lidar and its internal structure with ice-penetrating radar. The ROSETTA-Ice data was combined with pre-existing ice surface and bed topography digital elevation models to create the first augmented reality (AR) visualisation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, using the Microsoft HoloLens. The ROSETTA-Ice datasets support cross-disciplinary science that aims to understand 4D processes, namely the change of 3D ice-shelf structures over time. The work presented here uses AR to visualise this dataset in 3D and highlights how AR can be simultaneously a useful research tool for interdisciplinary geoscience as well as an effective device for science communication education.

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