Why use EVOs?

Animation, movies and popular science films using 3D animation to illustrate dynamic processes have been increasingly successful in recent years. Hence, we are quite used to visual communication of animated environmental processes in the mass media. As a further consequence of this new era of visualization, functions and procedures have been well established for creating and animating almost all aspects of virtual worlds, including characters, scenery, smoke, fluids and so on.

Why not use such visualization techniques also for teaching or, more generally, for facilitating communication of science at universities? Actually, visualizations have already built their stronghold in disciplines like molecular biology, medicine or architecture. But the picture is still rather different for the environmental sciences, although many functions of 3D animation software reflect environmental processes well.

So, we feel it is about time to harness the underlying potentials of modern visualization techniques for academic communication also in environmental systems science.

General use scenarios for EVOs at D-USYS

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Use scenarios for advanced teaching at D-USYS

  • Students get introduced to complex environmental processes.
  • Students model environmental processes visually for deeper understanding.
  • Students testify their scientific competence in online assessments using EVOs.
  • Students use EVOs for illustrations and visualizations in theses and presentations.
  • Students learn programming and develop an EVO as a chapter of their thesis.