Science of geohazards in terrestrial and marine environments

There is a demand for highly-skilled professionals in the environmental and geoscience sectors, who can be innovative, creative and particular skills in advanced 3D spatial analysis, multi-disciplinarity, data management and informatics, mathematical and numerical skills, fieldwork and observations skills, earth observation and image analysis. The aim of this project is to help students develop these key skills through a trans-European cooperation between 13 academic, research and industrial institutions in the UK, Greece, Italy and France.

Funded by Erasmus+, the project will focus on the use and integration of terrestrial remotely piloted airborne systems (drone) imagery and submarine remotely operated vehicle data for the combined study of geohazards in terrestrial and marine environments, through a programme of data sharing, scientific and technical collaboration and ultimately curriculum development at postgraduate level to help students develop advanced skills in these areas. The aim of the project is to develop a series of very high resolution 3D virtual reality models of geohazards observed in the onshore and offshore environment using data acquired from airborne drone and submersible platforms that can be used in classrooms to teach about onshore and offshore environments as a continuum.

The project has led to several peer reviewed publications. For all peer reviewed publications and articles in preparation please visit the page here.

3DTeLC Software

Blackgang Landslide 3D Model

Interactive 3d model of the Chale-Blackgang Landslide from the Isle of Wight. Using photography collected in 2017 using a fixed wing drone, this model was generated using photogrammetry techniques.

This is a preview of one of the sites that can be visited in VR using the 3DTeLC Software and an Oculus VR headset.

The 3DTeLC software allows the user to experience a wide range of geological and geomorphological sites in virtual reality. Developed for the project, this software is a powerful tool which allows the user to navigate 3D models and map their features in VR. The software is open source and can be downloaded directly from the site, along with ready to use 3D models. Requires a compatible Windows PC and Oculus VR headset.

3D Models

Below are some of the many 3D VR models that can be explored using the 3DTeLC software. All are available through the links below. Open source, requires 3DTeLC software and Oculus VR headset. Teaching guides and accompanying activities are available for most sites.

Blackgang Landslide, UK

East Head Spit, UK

Black Venn Landslide, UK

Volcanic Deposits, Greece

Mt Etna Lava Flow, Italy

Nea Kameni Crater, Greece

Husavik Triple Junction, Iceland

Lemptegy Volcano, France