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Painting with Time: Climate Change iPad App Released

 

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Hill Studios, in collaboration with World View of Global Warming, announces the release of Painting with Time: Climate Change, the second in a series of remarkable time painting iPad Apps, that lets you explore how the world around you changes over time.

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Brought to you by the creators of the Painting with Time app and Exploring Time international documentary series (www.exploringtime.org), the Painting with Time: Climate Change App (PWT Climate in the App store) lets your fingers reveal how global warming is rapidly changing our world.

  • Explore how glaciers have drastically retreated in numerous places around the world.
  • Discover where rising temperatures are contributing to floods and droughts.
  • Examine the ways that climate change is disrupting the timing of natural events such as flower buds opening.

"It's very hard for people to really appreciate long term events – our brains are not wired that way," notes Red Hill Studios Creative Director Bob Hone. "This 'temporal myopia' has helped us ignore our impacts on the planet. Fortunately, with digital imagery and high tech satellites, we can extend our time perception to visualize the long term effects of climate change."

Programmed and co-designed by Red Hill Senior Engineer Charlie Brown, PWT Climate provides a range of time brushes and special time slicers that let you manipulate photographic sequences in powerful new ways.

Features:

  • 17 time sequences showing striking visual impacts of climate change
  • Painting Time and Slicing Time manipulation modes
  • Eight preset brushes and slicing patterns
  • Capturing Change step-by-step tutorial
  • About Climate Change multimedia summary

Distinguished climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University served as content consultant on the App. Dr. Hayhoe shared in the Nobel Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007. Dr. Todd Sanford, climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, also served as a scientific consultant on the project.

Gary Braasch, creator and photographer of the World View of Global Warming web site (www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org), led the image research that scoured the global for striking visual examples of how climate change is altering the planet.  "From grade school assemblies to political conferences, I've seen how time-series photos of changes to glaciers, coastlines and habitats really can show the effects of rapid climate change.  Now people can experience the transformation of our planet much more directly and tactilely."

"With today's digital cameras, everyone can help chronicle the transformations underway due to climate change," Hone comments. "This visual evidence may help people understand their impact and begin to change the way they live and use energy. Together with new advances in alternative energy production and conservation, these combined efforts may help stem the rising tide. Rapid climate change is upon us.  How we rise to this challenge will define our place in history ... and the history of our planet."

Red Hill Studios is an award-winning transmedia design company that creates online science games and Apps, interactive games for health, and immersive museum exhibitions. It also conducts research into new educational and health gaming paradigms.  Red Hill Studios is based in San Rafael, CA.

Gary Braasch is a leading environmental photojournalist who creates images and reports about nature, environment, biodiversity and climate change around the world.  His documentary and educational project World View of Global Warming is in its 12th year.

Painting with Time: Climate Change is an extension of the Exploring Time documentary series and web site, which was supported by a generous grant from the Informal Science Education program at the National Science Foundation.

For additional information:

Download the free App (Apple ID http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/painting-time-climate-change/id508986580?ls=1&mt=8)
Examine how the world changes over many timescales (www.exploringtime.org)
Explore the World View of Global Warming web site (http://www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org)
Visit Red Hill's company site  (www.redhillstudios.com)

SOURCE Red Hill Studios

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