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Digital tools and online resources are useful methods of sharing geomorphology content for the purposes of outreach and education. Their value came into sharp focus during the Covid-19 lockdowns when face-to-face engagements were drastically curtailed and educators were seeking resources they could use in virtual spaces. As scientists and practitioners, developing digital tools and resources based on our work not only allows us to share it more widely but also can equip those who would otherwise not be able to make their own.

In 2021, the Outreach and Education sub-Committee funded four innovative projects, each exploring new ways to engage and educate people with geomorphology, and creating new resources to share with the community. In August of the same year, the projects met, along with other experts in this area, to share knowledge and kick start our Digital Resources Series. On this page you can find the videos and resources from the series. If you would like to contribute a 10 min insight video, please do get in touch.

Last updated: 09/08/2021

Expert Insights

 

Bethan Davies, Royal Holloway, gives a masterclass on digital engagement based on over ten years of experience running the successful Antarctic Glaciers website.

Access the Antarctic Glaciers resources here.

 

Leah Forsythe, Aberdeen University, showcases her work on the Virtual Environment for Glaciology Simulations (VEGS) and the 'By undergraduates, for undergraduates' approach.

 

Chloe Leach, University of Melbourne, shows how she has used CoastSnap to engage communities with coastal geomorphology through citizen science.

 

Digital Resources Project Updates

 

Supporting the use of VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes for Outreach - Des McDougal

Access the VR Glaciers resource here.

 

Tayside through time: a virtual exhibit visualizing Dundee’s glacial past - Max Van Wyk de Vries

 

Coastal Explorers: Engaging Communities with the geomorphology of their coast - Josh Wolstenholme, Katie Parsons, and Dan Parsons

 

Engaging new audience through virtual tours: evaluating the potential of the SeekBeak app - Hywel Griffiths, Tristram Irvine-Fynn, Jonathan Bridge, Marie Busfield, Naomi Holmes, Dewi Roberts, Stephen Tooth

 

Welcome to the Steddfod Amgen 2021 virtual field tours!

By clicking on the links below you can experience some of Ceredigion's richest landscapes from the luxury of your sofa and learn more about the geology, landforms, geomorphology, ecology and history of Cwm-du, near Cwmystwyth, Grogwynion near Pontrhydygroes, and Tanybwlch beach near Aberystwyth. If for any reason you can't visit in person, or follow the tours on foot, hopefully these tours will enable you to experience them virtually.

The tours will open on the SeekBeek platform, and within the tour, you can rotate each picture for a 360 degree view of the landscape, click on photos and explanations of the visible features, and move on to the next 'scene'. By clicking on the button on the right of the screen, a map will open where all the available ‘scenes’ are shown. Bilingual information and photographs are simultaneously available in Welsh and English in each scene.

These are 'test' versions of the tours, and we'll revisit them, and create new tours over the coming months based on feedback from you! Therefore, if you have any feedback on style or content please contact via email ([email protected]) or Twitter (@HywelGriffiths). Is there enough information, or too much? Would you like to know about any other aspects of the landscape? Do you have any technical recommendations? Please let us know!

We are very grateful for the support of the British Society for Geomorphology via an Outreach Grant, Aberystwyth University's Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. We are also grateful to Natural Resources Wales and other landowners for their support.

We hope that these virtual tours will inspire you to visit the sites in the future. Parts of some sites are on private land, are Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the care of Natural Resources Wales and elements of the sites are vulnerable to damage. Please make sure you stick to public rights of way, follow any specific or general rules for each site, or that are in place nationally at any time, and be sensible when it comes to health and safety measures. All photos are copyright of the contributors below.

 

Tanybwlch

1. Tanybwlch: Dechrau'r daith / The tour beginsSnap Content

 

Grogwynion

1. Grogwynion: Dechrau'r daith / The tour beginsSnap Content

 

Cwm-du

1. Ty Mawr - Dechrau'r daith / The tour beginsSnap Content
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