Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand will unleash a devastating lahar (volcanic
mud flow) in the near future, potentially within months, as water levels
continue to rise within it's Crater Lake. The aim of this project is to
advertise this impending event and educate about it's damaging potential.
This project sets out to create and utilise a digital model of Mount
Ruapehu, to simulate and display probable volcanic events, namely lahars,
on Mount Ruapehu and to then publicise this work. Further information of
benefit to the understanding of this particular location, such as video
footage, as well as seismic data and active web camera data is also to be
incorporated. The publication of this information, via website, is
intended to further understanding of external earth processes, as well as
raising interest about the subject matter.
Currently there is no single resource that combines these features or
attempt to visually simulate the lahar process in 3D. This project offers
the user not only the opportunity to view the 3D lahars and a 3D model of
Mount Ruapehu, but will also allow the ability to move around the scene
and focus in on a particular area.