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What is the kelp forest exhibit modeling project?

Fifteen graduate students used the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), physically based modeling and analytic simulation techniques to model the three-dimensional (3D) shape and motion of plants and animals in the kelp forest exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

New: draft journal paper, "Teaching 3D Modeling and Simulation: Virtual Kelp Forest Case Study."

Want to learn more? A summary appears in the project abstract. Also be sure to explore the index keywords at the top of this page.

We have demonstrated this project publicly on several occasions.

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Contact information: Don Brutzman (, 831.656.2149) (1 December 99) (official NPS disclaimer)