12th & 13th June 2019  |  Boothby Graffoe, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 

Cereals: The Arable Event

Explore virtual reality farmed landscapes via the world of Minecraft at Cereals

30-May-2018 ASSIST; Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Visitors to the ASSIST stand will take a tour through future farmed landscapes using immersive virtual reality.

You will experience a VR tour via the world of popular videogame Minecraft when CEH Craft is launched at the event in Duxford.

CEH Craft, a virtual reality experience, represents the farmed landscape as it is now and how it might change in the future – including the habitats, crops, animals and buildings in VR.

Scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have been able to create these landscape scenarios using statistical models based on CEH’s crop maps and land cover maps, which use satellite images and digital cartography to provide land cover information for the entire UK.

Guided by a team from CEH, visitors to the ASSIST stand will, via VR headsets, be able to view these virtual reality landscapes. Screens will display a live feed of the users’ actions in the world of Minecraft – which is essentially virtual LEGO - thereby enabling wider audience participation and interaction.

To watch a demo video on YouTube see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxz_pxVhWdA&feature=youtu.be

This exciting visualisation tool has been developed as part of ASSIST (Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems), which, with the support of the farming industry, aims to meet the challenge of feeding growing populations without causing unacceptable environmental damage.

This long-term National Capability programme run by a partnership comprising CEH, Rothamsted Research and the British Geological Survey. It is funded jointly by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

You will be able to meet the ASSIST team at stand no. 246, near the North Visitor Entrance.

  • For more about the ASSIST programme, see http://assist.ceh.ac.uk
  • For details about CEH Land Cover Maps and Land Cover Plus®: Crops, including obtaining a licence, see https://www.ceh.ac.uk/services/information-products
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