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City Planners Use Virtual Reality to Show Residents How Climate Change Will Affect Their Neighborhoods


December 2, 2019

Communities in Baltimore are getting a look into the future of sea level rise with virtual reality. (Photo by: Edwin Remsberg / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

As sea levels rise, the shore will creep inward. For coastal towns facing several feet of sea level rise, a change so big is hard to visualize. Now, a virtual reality start-up is trying to make it easier by creating simulations for residents to show how flooding will impact their neighborhoods.

The goal of the project, developed by start-up company Virtual Planet, "is to start a conversation and help folks visualize the impacts [of climate change] and the solutions, and also discuss the trade-offs between them," program developer Juliano Calil tells Nathan Rott at NPR.


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