UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center offers fun and exciting ways to discover how scientists study Lake Tahoe. Located in Incline Village, NV on the campus of Sierra College, the center offers free tours of exhibits including a 3D virtual tour of Lake Tahoe. The center is a Platinum LEED Certified building and showcases state-of-the-art green building technology.
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Mapping Change In Sierra Nevada Forests 3D
This 3D production is 9 minutes and 40 seconds long, including credits.
It was created for James Thorne, Ph.D., a research ecologist at UC Davis, who is Executive Producer, Principal Investigator, and Script Author. Heather Segale is the Producer for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (UC Davis TERC), and a 3D photographer.
I was the director, narrator, 3D CG and effects creator, 3D stereoscopic designer and video editor, and I took the scenic 3D pictures for the movie.
The narration and music mix is final. Music courtesy of Rounder Records, Brand New Old Tyme Music by Mark Schatz.
Although the core theme is the mapping of forest change in the central Sierra Nevada, the movie also provides a good orientation to the geography of Lake Tahoe's regional setting. You will see some 3D landscape visualization effects you have never seen before, created for this movie, specifically.
The movie is also a case study in ways to combine 2D and 3D media. The resources available were predominately 2D: historical photos, modern snapshots, maps and data charts. Fascinating stuff, and I tried to do it justice by composing it all in a 3D volume and mixing it with native 3D media using various combinations.
The 3D version is shown at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Incline Village NV. It will likely be available on Blu-Ray3D as well, and on YouTube3D, in addition to Vimeo. The production was optimized for Blu-Ray3D viewing.
Nature delivers 'perfect storm' that reduces Lake Tahoe clarity
A new study released Wednesday by UC Davis is raising concerns about the clarity of Lake Tahoe. The numbers show it's tougher than ever to see deep into the lake that thousands of people visit every year. New scientific readings from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center show lake clarity was down to 59.7 feet in 2017, a drop of nearly 10 feet from the year before.
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