Using Photorealistic Visualizations

When conveying the impacts of coastal change and development, simulated images, or visualizations, are often much more effective than text. Visualizations can help the decision-making process by spurring interest and involvement among stakeholders. This document focuses primarily on the particularly powerful photorealistic visualization and introduces key concepts of this technique. Topics include

  • Types of visualizations
  • Real-life examples of photorealistic visualizations
  • Things to consider when creating your own visualizations
  • Sharing visualizations with stakeholders

Additional Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agroforestry Center and the NOAA Office for Coastal Management provide visualization-ready coastal images (boats, docks, etc.) useful for organizations that manage coastal resources.

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