Project Dates: 2009-2011
Partners: Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL), Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia and Barnard
My Roles: Project Strategy, Design Lead, Information Architecture, UX Design, UI Design, HTML and CSS, Data Visualizations
The Black Rock Forest Consortium maintains a 3,800 acre forest for cutting-edge scientific research. Sadly, Black Rock remains largely under utilized; many who are permitted access to the forest do not even know that it exists.
Located fifty miles north of New York City in the Hudson Highlands, the forest creates educational opportunities for more than 11,000 students of all ages who visit annually. With several environmental monitoring stations and numerous existing data collections, it is also a rich resource for scientific research.
The Virtual Forest Initiative toolset provides a technological framework to support and enhance research, education, and community activities at the Black Rock Forest, a 3,800 acre scientific preserve north of New York City.
The Virtual Forest Initiative aims to develop a breakthrough model for providing virtual “visitors” of all kinds an intuitive means for experiencing and learning about all aspects of the forest -- even absent a physical visit. The Virtual Forest toolset provides a technological framework to support and enhance research, education, and community activities at the forest and opens access to searchable, downloadable forest assets and resources for education, presentation, and use by scientists, teachers, students and community members.