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Fragile Earth Studios Backgrounder

Fragile Earth Studios is a project sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that leverages data visualizations, simulations, and games to better understand real-world challenges.

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Fragile Earth Studios Backgrounder

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  2. 2. Who we are Portfolio products ROV Exploration Navigate though a detailed underwater ecosystem using a remotely operated vehicle. Online Conferences TerraViz NEIS Fragile Earth Studios ‘Science came to play’ provides development at the NOAA Games and Instantly access data A four dimensional from the distant past Who We Are What We Offer services for a variety of Simulation Summit held high performance projects both internal and on January 11-12, 2011. to the distant future visualization located anywhere on Fragile Earth Studios is We seek out beneficial external to NOAA. environment for a project sponsored by partnerships providing Participants attended Earth from a single NOAA’s information. application. the National Oceanic consulting on game, We provide curricula and from 10 federal and and Atmospheric visualization, and resources for students state agencies and Administration (NOAA) simulation interested in a better universities. that leverages data development. understanding of the visualizations, power of games. Topics included best simulations, and games We provide unique practices and reviewing to better understand access to science fragileearthstudios.com evaluation methods for real-world challenges. content and scientists. gaming and simulation. Experience Solutions Started in 2005, Fragile Earth Studios’ Fragile Earth Studios designers, scientists, represents one of the and educational first concerted efforts experts provide ReGenesis Virtual Hawaii within government to unique access and Travel through time Voyage across the develop material for experience to seeing the result of open ocean in an games, simulations, design interactive player choice on the adventure to learn and virtual worlds. media solutions. Earth’s climate. about Polynesian culture and celestial navigation.