3D (three dimensional) models of coastal environments are digital representations of coastal environments (e.g. bays and estuaries) that have the appearance of width, height and depth.
3D models are a useful interactive tool to communicate complex geographical relationships to other scientists and the wider community. They help scientists and managers better understand and interpret geologic and geomorphic data because users can turn data layers on and off and manipulate the models by rotating, zooming and panning to explore spatial relationships in the models from any aspect.
3D data from spatial modelling software such as GOCAD is exported to the Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML - see below) where it is edited and optimised for visualisation within the model. The model interface and navigation tools are then scripted. Text, links to database records and other HTML documents are also added to complete the model before it is tested and refined. A simple model may be produced in a few days while more complex models may take weeks to develop.
3D (three dimensional) models for the following sites were created by Geoscience Australia in collaboration with the former Coastal CRC.
These applications have been tested on IE9 with a BS Contact VRML X3D Software plugg in.