Corals, Reefs and Virtual Reality (en)

The development of virtual ecosystems with agent-based modelling approaches allows to study their trajectories under different scenario settings. For coral reefs this facilitates analysing the impact of different management options or environmental change scenarios. Including these models into immersive virtual reality applications allows to change the system settings (e.g. environmental impacts) and to directly perceive any according changes on its functioning.

Coral reefs belong to the most beautiful and productive ecosystems in the world. However, they are intensively exploited and heavily threatened through climate change and other stress impacts. The presentation shows how through the use of virtual reality reefs can be analysed and potential developments under different environmental impacts and use scenarios can be explored. A virtual reality application of coral reefs is presented which allows to dive into these ecosystems and explore their beauty.