The Atacama Desert (Northern Chile) is the driest, highest and oldest desert in the world. The lack of rain preserves ancient features within the landscape in exceptional detail.
This provides an excellent geomorphological and geological archive that spans some two million years that can be used to better understand current hazards that impact dryland areas. The particular focus of the research is understanding the potential causes and impacts of catastrophic flooding. In this project we aim to convey how geoscientists would explore and interpret such a landscape through the use of immersive Virtual Reality (VR). The challenges include communicating how geoscientists read a changing landscape and comprehending variable spatial and time-scales.