Virtual landscapes to study endangered Australian ecosystems

Researchers from Monash University’s SensiLab, and a team of ecologists from CSIRO, have developed immersive virtual landscapes of intact endangered Australian ecosystems to accurately illustrate changes across time, seasons and following disturbances like bushfires. The study created a virtual reality model of an Australian Box Gum Grassy Woodland landscape, an endangered eucalypt woodland ecosystem that is difficult to observe in its intact pre-European colonisation form. The models could be used as a resource for ecological study and conservation.