Tangible Earth: The World's first interactive digital Globe

Professor Shinichi Takemura demonstrating the Tangible Earth
Professor Shinichi Takemura demonstrating the Tangible Earth
Credits: UNISDR

During the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva which took place last week, Prof Shinichi Takemura presented his invention: The Tangible Earth. The globe model - 1.28m in diameter - is interactive and dynamically visualizes scientific data, such as real-time weather (updated hourly through the internet), earthquake and tsunami, climate variations and global warming progression, biodiversity, trans-national circulation of air pollutants, etc. The globe is also linked to the updated global risk and disaster data of the new 2013 Global Assessment Report (GAR)on Disaster Risk Reduction: From Shared Risk to Shared Value (GAR13) as well as case studies and in-depth analyses from the previous two GARs (2009 and 2011).

The goal of its Tangible Earth, which was initially presented at the GAR 2011 launching event held by UNISDR on May 25, 2011 in Tokyo, is to depicts the vulnerability of our planet to disasters. "We are in a time of new ways of communicating about disaster risk reduction. We need to change our mindset to understand more fully the risk we have created for ourselves, such as through the rapid urbanisation of the developing world," Takemura said. "What is important is not the technology but our vision for the future of the planet," said Takemura, as he demonstrated his interactive globe and showed how users of tablets and smartphones can now link to an interactive digital version of UNISDR's new Global Assessment Report. Tablet computer and smartphone users can upload the GAR for Tangible Earth (GfT) free application and then point their devices at various icons in the printed GAR13 report, which will link them to enhanced content providing access to dynamic maps, risk scenarios, disaster maps, videos, photos, and case studies.