Virtual Exploration in a Socially Aware Context: An exploration of Waller Creek
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionWaller Creek is an urban waterway and Austin landmark that runs from just north of the University of Texas (UT) campus through the eastern edge of downtown into Lady Bird Lake. Its proximity to the city center presents conservation challenges. By collecting water conductivity data, Dr. Mary Poteet from UT Geological Sciences is studying the creek's water quality with the goal identifying locations indicating influx that shouldn't be there eg. from city drinking water, sanitary sewers or other pollution sources. An important aspect of her work is communicating her research results to city officials and legislature to inform conservation efforts and also help locate leaks in the city's plumbing. To more effectively communicate the results of her water surveys, she requires many layers of map data to be visualized in context. This allows the pollutant sources to be identified, and also traced to outflows so that the effects on the entire watershed can be assessed at once. This poster provides supplemental information to accompany the Visualization Showcase submission that utilizes virtual reality to present an overlay of maps showing Poteet's collection locations and results with watershed topography. This poster highlights considerations made in designing the virtual exploration of the region in order to promote an awareness of human sources of pollution.