An Interactive Virtual Environment to Communicate Vesuvius Eruptions: Numerical Simulations and Pompeii History

Thursday, 3 August, 3 - 3:30 pm
Room 156

A visual analysis and communication system that allows interaction with numerical simulations that model complex natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, within their natural environments. This case study is related to Vesuvius, the volcano near Naples, Italy that occurred in 79 A.D. The volcano is currently being monitored to assess future eruption risks.

The goal is to create a user-friendly interface to communicate and explain the potential impact of a future eruption and cultural data and meta-information (GIS data, historical sources, virtual archaeology reconstructions, etc.). The virtual Vesuvius interactive environment is designed for multi-platform and multi-channel portability. The interaction can be conceived for immersive graphics devices in virtual theaters or virtual TV sets that can make content available to a broader audience.

Antonella Guidazzoli
a.guidazzoli (at)

Marina Bisson
Augusto Neri
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia

Luigi Calori
Carlo Cavazzoni
Francesca Delli Ponti
Tiziano Diamanti
Roberto Gori
Silvano Imboden

Maria Teresa Pareschi
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia