As the nation's Arctic University, the University of Alaska is in a unique position to provide an opportunity to address critical Arctic issues using Vis Space. The possibilities for Vis Space include such uses as high-end data visualization, policy-making, situational awareness, outreach, and instruction.





Early Adopters

The university and community have started to take advantage of the newest collaboration space in Fairbanks. Users during this time-period have included: 

  • Arctic Collaborative Workshop attendees

  • Arctic Science Summit Week

  • Alaska Observers and Knowledge Hub Science Steering Committee

  • NSSI Arctic Observers Network Stakeholders Meeting

  • Thesis Defenses

  • NASA Arctic Collaborative Environment

  • NOAA Sandy FCDAS visit with Steve Voltz

  • Alaska Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer Workshop planning group

  • Alaska EPSCoR Modern Blanket Toss

  • Alaska Satellite Facility 25th Anniversary

  • Alaska Department of Transportation

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough

[Vis Space] is the only room on campus where I could showcase a multi-faceted, data-driven, visualization-centered thesis project. [Vis Space] allowed me to break down a very complex research project using 7 screens, data visualizations, and web resources. [Vis Space]’s extensive screen real estate and the intimate setting allowed my committee and I to unpack my thesis in an immersive and visual way. The space paved the way for thoughtful defense questions and nuanced engagement with my work.
— Vanessa Raymond

Data to Decision Mini-Grants

During the building phase of Vis Space, Alaska EPSCoR sought out visualization projects to take advantage of its capabilities. The projects had to be relevant to an Alaskan population(s) or community(ies), and had to include a detailed plan of how the visualization could be used as a means to communicate scientific data and to engage member of the public. The theme of the project had to reflect social-ecological science research themes. Alaska EPSCoR awarded three Data to Decisions mini-grants:

1. Communities Narrating and Visualizing North Slope Development Scenario

2. Tsunami Inundation and Pedestrian Escape Routes

[Vis Space] provides some unique capabilities to engage coastal communities and emergency managers in order to promote long-term resilience to devastating tsunamis. One of the key features of the [Vis Space] is a set of large monitors, which could be conveniently used to display numerous geospatial datasets, input parameters to the Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst toolkit developed by USGS as well as to present evacuation scenarios to the decision makers.
— Dr. Dmitry Nicolsky

The Future of Vis Space

We are very excited about all the possibilities that Vis Space can bring to our university, community, and nation. If you are interested in learning more about the Vis Space - whether it be for a tour or collaborating on your next grant proposal - please click the button below to contact us!