Innovative geoscience communication: experience online-accessible virtual outcrops and 360 VR videos
Convener: Fabio Luca BonaliECSECS | Co-conveners: Fabio MarcheseECSECS, Luca Fallati, Federico Pasquaré Mariotto, Varvara Antoniou, Elena Russo, Giuliana Panieri, Mathew Stiller-Reeve
Tue, 05 May, 12:45–13:45 (CEST), Thu, 07 May, 12:45–13:45 (CEST)

This initiative is aimed at enabling both scientists and students to explore key geological sites, through online-accessible Virtual Outcrops and 360 VR videos ( This immersive activity can be experienced directly at home, with the aid of a mobile phone, a laptop, a tablet, as well as by using a Virtual Reality headset.

During Covid-19 times, the virtual exploration can be carried out safely at home: the viewers will have a chance to move around a great variety of environments, ranging from the Italian seafloor to the Maldivian coral reef, from active volcanoes like Santorini to outstanding faults, fractures and craters in Northern Iceland.

All 3D models are provided with a scientific description and several annotations for a full and autonomous virtual survey. Moreover, the staff will be available to virtually guide the explorers during two chat events, scheduled at lunch time, one dedicated to terrestrial environments (lunch break on the 5th) and one to coastal and marine environments (lunch break on the on 7th).

The initiative is supported by the EGU Outreach Committee.

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Chat Tue, 05 May, 12:45–13:45

Chair and co-Chairs: Fabio L. Bonali, Federico Pasquaré Mariotto, Varvara Antoniou and Elena Russo.

Focus on: Active tectonics and Volcano-tectonics (Northern Iceland and Mt Enta, Italy), Shallow magma bodies (Iceland) and Geology of volcanic areas (Santorini and Iceland).

Chat Thu, 07 May, 12:45–13:45

Chair and co-Chairs: Fabio Marchese, Luca Fallati and Fabio L. Bonali

Focus on: Seafloor geomorphology (Southern Italy), Coastal geomorphology (Republic of Maldives) and Climate change and ecology (Republic of Maldives).

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