Geodynamics models of convection in Earth's mantle are revealing the processes governing plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanism, and the thermal history of our planet. Seismic tomography is used to see into Earth's deep interior to identify the thermo-chemical structures that lie deep beneath our feet. We use 3DVisualizer to investigate and analyze flow fields generated from geodynamics simulations and structures observed using seismic imaging.
We are studying the ways in which the CAVE and VRUI change the way in which scientists conduct research. Drawing on the field of Science & Technology Studies we are investigating the phenomenological experience of extended interaction with dynamic data objects. Collaborating with the Humanities Innovation Lab, we are also exploring new models of engaging with 3D immersive environments through collaborations with artists, and developing Digital Humanities projects that can make full use of VRUI and the KeckCAVES.