Immerse Yourself in West Palm Beach’s Virtual Reality (VR) Experience: Visualizing Sea Level Rise in West Palm Beach


October 2022 – April 2023

FREE – Times and locations below

Picture public parks flooding and adapting in our immersive, 10-minute VR experience. After the interaction, participants contributed to a research study investigating virtual reality and sea-level rise.

Contact the scientists John Renne, Ph.D., or Serena Hoermann, at [email protected] at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions.

Download the SLR Explorer West Palm Beach to your Oculus device

Or play our 360-degree video. When the narrator says, “Take a look around,” use your mouse, touch pad, or touch screen to “drag” or navigate in all directions.

When and Where – the VR Experience

October 299 am – 1 pmWPB GreenMarket
November 59 am – 3 pmLagoonfest
November 8, 9, 121 pm – 4:30 pmMandel Public Library/Urban Living Room
November 96 pm – 8 pmMeet the Chief at Boys & Girls Club
November 117 pmScreen on the Green
November 15Poster sessionLake Worth Lagoon Science Symposium
November 19, 2111 am—2 pmCox Science Center
December 8-99 am – 4 pmSoutheast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
December 1010 am – 12 pmFAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
January 710 am – 12 pmNCON General Meeting at Manatee Lagoon
January 19, 20 ,211 pm – 4:30 pmMandel Public Library/Urban Living Room
January 276 pm – 9 pmNorton Museum of Art/Art After Dark
February 7, 9, 155:30 pm – 8:30 pmPBC Office of Resilience Community Outreach Pahokee, West Palm Beach, Belle Glade
April 110:00 am – 4:00 pme4 LIFE: Green, Health & Wellness Expo
April 1410:00 am – 2:00 pmFAU Science Fest

About the experience

During the study, our team assisted with the virtual reality googles and interacting with the immersive, 10-minute VR experience. Participants could see public parks flooding and solutions that can protect parks in West Palm Beach. After the interaction, participants had the option to be included in a research study by completing a survey investigating virtual reality and sea-level rise. Participants’ input is meant to guide the Mayor and City Commission in making important decisions for the future.

Enjoy the trailers below and the 8-minute 360 version at the top of this page.


Contact  [email protected]  or 561-297-4279 and learn more about CUES research on virtual reality and sea-level rise at the  Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions.

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This project, developed by Florida Atlantic University in partnership with Virtual Planet Technologies, was made possible by a grant to the City of West Palm Beach from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity with funding provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.