Using Augmented Reality to Communicate Climate Change Pressure on Vancouver Island Marmot Habitat
The Vancouver Island Marmot is a species on the brink. By 2004, fewer than 30 individuals remained in the wild, and although a captive breeding and release plan has brought that number closer to 200 today, climate change threatens to drastically shrink potential habitat for the species. Using augmented reality, viewers gain a comprehension of the dynamics at play which may cause the marmot to lose 97% of its potential habitat by the year 2080.
Using a recent iOS device (iOS 12 or newer), tap the small icon overlaid on the top-right of the images below to view the map in augmented reality. Clicking on the image from a desktop browser will download the USDZ file, which can be viewed in MacOS’ Preview app, and perhaps other programs. If you are unable to load the experience, follow the links at the bottom to view my presentation at NACIS 2020!
Many thanks to Larissa Thelin, who generously shared data from her research, published in The Canadian Geographer: The potential effects of climate change on the habitat range of the Vancouver Island marmot (Marmota vancouverensis)