We think of estuaries primarily in terms of nature and wildlife. But estuaries also provide important ecosystem services, for instance the saltmarsh sequesters and stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Communicating this to the public is a challenge, but we wanted to have a go…Read More
Often a simple image set can get across a positive message better than any amount of words, helping people really see success, aspiration and change. This is particularly true in the case of stories of carbon reduction and carbon targets.Read More
Ireland has agreed to cut emissions from electricity generation, buildings and transport by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. But shifting to a sustainable energy system requires both political and societal support. An easy way to visually explore energy options was needed.
Real World Visuals provided the visual interface for the Ireland 2050 web-tool, part of an educational project developed and coordinated by The Energy Institute in Ireland. The web-tool allows anyone to access and explore different future electricity and energy supply and demand options for the country.
As different options are selected the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is shown as a real volume (m3 per second). From the beginning a key part of the brief was to allow the tool to be used on smart-phones and tablets as well as conventional computer screens.
Making a tool like this work on such a wide variety of devices imposes quite strict constraints. We were very limited, for instance, in what we could do in 3D - a library such as Three.js won’t work on all devices, many of which have no 3D hardware and can’t handle WebGL. Because 3D is so important to the way we make quantities visible, we built our own very simple system for generating isometric diagrams - a simplified 3D engine.
The excellent Ireland 2050 website provides detailed yet accessible information on the past and present energy generation and use in Ireland, as well as the My2050 tool and the specialist Irish 2050 Calculator.
The My2050 tool can be explored here. To see how it works on smaller screens open in a new browser window.
Students and staff at the University of the West of England (UWE) can now see the real-time, monthly and annual carbon emissions associated with every building on the different campuses in and around Bristol. Our prototype carbon and energy visualiser has been improved to give faster and smoother operation and also allow viewing on smart phones, tablets and full-sized screens.
UWE has made a commitment to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 22.5% and a 50% relative reduction of energy by 2020 (over 2005 baseline). This means that no matter how many buildings, or students, are at UWE Bristol overall carbon emissions must be reduced. The university is on course to meet this ambitious target but to reach it everyone on campus needs to be aware of the challenge and actions they can take to help.
An unusual request comes from a successful start-up business in the USA. Could we visualise the exponential growth of mobile phone money transactions using their app?Read More
Bristol Waste Company is keen to engage directly with households about the benefits of waste and litter minimisation and recycling. Real World Visuals has created two films that show the actual volumes of litter, recycling and recycling opportunities. The goal of the project is to elicit a measurable increase in waste minimisation and recycling and provide direct cost benefits to the council.Read More
How can we make an abstract idea like, 'the value of water' real for customers of South West Water?Read More