CLIVE wins popular vote in MIT contest

October 14, 2014

With the click of a mouse, a new software tool, co-invented by SFU geography professor Nick Hedley, can visualize and communicate global environmental changes resulting from coastal erosion and oceanic thermal expansion.

The cool tool is a winner in a major international online contest, Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience, held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Centre for Collective Intelligence.

The World According to CLIVE (Coastal Impact Visualization Environment) uses futuristic climate-change projections to communicate future outcomes of global environmental change.

Nick Hedley

Co-invented by Hedley and Adam Fenech, a climate change expert and director of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Climate Research Lab, the 3D geo-visualization project that runs on a laptop is the first of its kind.

The World According to CLIVE was among nearly 600 projects from around the world initially competing for first place. CLIVE survived several rounds of competition and went on to the finals against two other projects.

Through support and online votes from the SFU and UPEI communities, CLIVE won the Popular Choice award.

The winning researchers will be officially acknowledged in Cambridge, Massachusetts in early November.

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