A VR DOCUMENTARY BY TIME & HISTORY
GERMAN VERSION HERE
The Arctic is the fastest warming region on earth: The direct consequences of global warming in the Arctic, the polar ice cap of the North Pole, include rapidly rising water temperatures, receding glaciers, thawing permafrost and melting sea ice.
At 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 °F) in Svalbard in July 2020, the warmest temperature to date has been measured since the start of weather recording (source).
The warming of the Arctic is accompanied by numerous feedbacks, which in turn affect the extent of the warming, which leads to an ever accelerating melting of the Arctic ice and an increase in the sea water level. In addition to the catastrophic, global consequences, serious consequences are expected for people living in the Arctic.
The following animation illustrates the reduction in ice masses in recent years:
The VR documentary ARCTIC MELTDOWN wants to raise awareness of the topic and is based on current knowledge from e.g. NASA, which has been observing the Arctic continuously since the late 1970s.
But as a VR documentary, the project reaches far beyond the limits of simple knowledge transfer: the user becomes a visitor to the Svalbard Archipelago and can experience and see with their own eyes how much the world in the polar region has already changed.
The virtual visitor can freely explore the island and comes across all kinds of examples of the consequences of climate change, which are explained directly on site. Even a helicopter trip over part of the archipelago is part of the VR experience.
Experience history and current affairs up close: TIME & HISTORY is a new documentary series by NORD XR, in which history and documentaries are conveyed through immersive VR experiences. The VR documentaries FÜHRERBUNKER VR and ARCTIC MELTDOWN kick off the program.
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