Advancing a project from concept to implementation requires a significant amount of research, surveys and studies that show environmental effects over a sustained period of time. For example, predicting the likely performance of flood-mitigation barriers under various storm-surge conditions utilizes extensive computer modeling that often fail to be fully explained through static pictures and written explanations alone. Video can serve as a valuable tool for communicating complex technical field work to the public by providing context, scale and timeframe.
The Living Breakwaters Project on Staten Island uses video as a tool to help residents understand fieldwork and data collection. Presentations have included timelapse videos of sea levels, surveys of the local ecology and a study of the ocean floor. The videos have allowed the project team to explain complex technical fieldwork and the ecology of the shoreline to community members, helping to optimize project 5 participation from residents.
See the video below to see a video demonstrating a Marine Habitat Study created by the Living Breakwaters Team.
See a time-compression video of shoreline wave action in Tottnvile created by the Living Breakwaters Team and their Community Advisory Committee.