SCEC Virtual Display of Objects (SCEC-VDO)

Visualize, explore, and communicate complex information about surface and subsurface structures of California and other earthquake-prone regions using the Southern California Earthquake Center Virtual Display of Objects (SCEC-VDO). An increasing number of earthquake scientists, educators, and policy-makers are using SCEC-VDO to convey important concepts about earthquakes, faults, and earthquake risk reduction.

SCEC-VDO is an object-oriented, open source software that enables interactive, 4D display of diverse geo-referenced datasets for analysis, presentation, and publication. Examples of datasets that can be visualized using SCEC-VDO include earthquake events, hypocenters and epicenters, fault systems and fault sections, three-dimensional surface images, tectonic plates and their vectors of motion, as well as political boundaries, cities, highways. Users can customize legends and dynamic text labels, and filter data spatially and temporally for analysis and comparisons. SCEC-VDO has the built-in capabilities for taking snapshots and making animations for use in presentations and publications.

SCEC-VDO was developed entirely by interns from the Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) Program. The interns continue to improve the software and expand the capabilities of SCEC-VDO, as requested by the user community.