3D Water is a collection of learning and teaching resources for education professionals who wish to utilize stereoscopic 3D and augmented reality visualizations in their practice. This website provides access to curated open-source learning materials such as: tutorials, software, datasets, interactive media, best practices guidelines, evaluations, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Resources are organized by audience, content area, and resource types. The website also features a blog with new developments related to 3D visualization of water and freshwater ecosystems.
Many of the resources in this collection are products that have been developed and tested from by the LakeViz3D project, a collaboration of scientists, science educators, museum professionals, media developers, and evaluators from UC Davis’s Tahoe Environmental Research Center, UC Davis’s KeckCAVES, the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and Audience Viewpoints Consulting.
Can I contribute resources to this collection?
We would gladly accept new items that are related to promoting awareness, understanding and stewardship of freshwater ecosystems and earth processes. More specifically, 3-D visualizations and supporting materials that illustrate natural processes that drive the behavior and health of freshwater ecosystems will be included. Items submitted will be reviewed for quality before cataloging into the collection. Please fill out our contact form at the bottom the page to suggest resources for cataloging.
What kinds of 3D visualizations are available on your site?
The visualization resources in 3DH2O are created from elevation and bathymetric data. These may include stereoscopic 3D visualizations that use real data sets, computer models to show past and current conditions, and numerical simulations to show future scenarios under different conditions of natural and human impact.
What kinds of hands-on activities can I find in the collection?
Hands-on lessons may include activities that engage learners in the practices of science: inquiry, prediction, making, building, modeling, and carrying out investigations. These activities can be used to supplement and complement 3D visualization experiences as well as used a for standalone classroom or visitor demonstration activities.
Who made this website?
The 3D Water website, including the artistic direction and technical infrastructure, was developed by the creative team at the Center for Technology Innovation at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
The LakeViz3D project is funded in part by the National Science Foundation under award DRL-1114663. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.


Contact us

If you have a learning resource that focuses on freshwater ecosystem education and uses (or supports) 3D visualizations and you would like to list it on our website, please enter your contact details and a short description of your resource below. We will then provide instructions on how to enter your resource via a Google form.