Turpin watercolor
The RHESSys model provides rich data of landscape dynamics, compiled from thousands of sources.  In Professor Naomi Tague’s conversations with artist Ethan Turpin, she described “how landscapes work” over cycles of fire and water.  Ethan iterated sketches with her input, constantly refining a visual model.

 

Work In Progress of the RHESSys Interactive Landscape Model from Bright Eye Cinema on Vimeo.

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Graphed data from Tague Lab of fire effects on verifying forests for down-stream water availability.

 

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Ethan Turpin’s illustrations of differences in water availability after burning among forests with co-mingled roots and shallow soil.

 

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Ethan Turpin’s illustrations of differences in water availability after burning among forests with co-mingled roots and deep soil.