Stephen R. J. Sheppard

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'Virtual globe' software systems such as Google Earth are growing rapidly in popularity as a way to visualise and share 3D environmental data. Scientists and environmental professionals, many of whom are new to 3D modeling and visual communications, are beginning routinely to use such techniques in their work. While the appeal of these techniques is(More)
While the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, provides guidelines for flood risk management, it is local governments' responsibility to delineate their own flood vulnerability, assess their risk, and integrate these with planning policies to implement adaptive action. However, barriers such as the lack of locally specific data and public perceptions(More)
Forest management decisions are often based on long-range projections of future forest conditions. These conditions and effects can be complex and difficult to understand for those not trained or experienced in forest management. Modern computer-based environmental data visualization systems have been found to be of considerable assistance in this context.(More)
There is a substantial gap between awareness and action on sustainability issues. This paper addresses the potential of landscape visualisa-tion, integrated with other participatory modelling tools and disseminated through the mechanism of community visioning hubs, in advancing peo-ples' awareness of sustainability issues such as climate change, and(More)
Energy has become an important topic for policy makers, industry, and householders globally (e.g., IEA-International Energy Agency, 2015). Changing the way we generate and use energy could make a huge contribution to reducing carbon emissions and help address climate change. There is also concern over energy security where energy is imported from other(More)
In this paper we discuss the theoretical, design and evaluative underpinnings of the <i>experiential learning context</i> central to the design processes of the <i>Future Delta 2.0</i> serious game. The game is aimed at facilitating understanding and action on local climate change. We begin with a discussion of play as it relates to designing serious games.(More)
Forest landscapes are the type of landscape that British Columbians would call "home". One of the biggest challenges for future sustainable forest management is climate change: Impacts as well as human mitigation and adaptation actions will have considerable impacts on BC's landscapes. In order to help decision-makers proactively assessing mitigation and(More)
Virtual globes, i.e., geobrowsers that integrate multi-scale and temporal data from various sources and are based on a globe metaphor, have developed into serious tools that practitioners and various stakeholders in landscape and community planning have started using. Although these tools originate from Geographic Information Systems (GIS), they have become(More)