Dynamic Planet Interactive Scientific Poster by Science Communication Lab

The Interactive Scientific Poster „Dynamic Planet” was designed and developed for the exhibition „Focus Earth” of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. One of the main advantages of a digital poster is that it can display dynamic content. This is at the same time the essential statement of the scientific poster "Dynamic Planet": our earth never stands still, is permanently shaken by earthquakes. These tensions are measured by three measuring points of the GFZ and their data is visualized in real-time in an interactive poster in the exhibition context. The viewer is given a direct impression, he can be a "witness" to current measurement and research.

The challenge for the interface design was to ensure a clear overview, despite of the massively many events. The solution consists in an interactive graphical representation of the events by filtering the earthquakes by eg. magnitude and depth. A special visual feature of the scientific poster "Dynamic Planet" is the representation of the earthquakes depth in a semi transparent, rotating globe.

This interactive 3D visualization and the level of detail is very unique also to the scientists and although there are millions of data points the responsiveness of the 3D model is very accurate. The content of the „Dynamic Planet” is structured in three chapters: Where do earthquakes happen? How do earthquakes occur? Exploration of the planet. In the last chapter graphical animations and network visualizations explain how the earthquake warning system is concepted and how data and information about earthquakes is transmitted.