The World Resources Simulation Center


The World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC) will be a non-profit visualization facility where you can literally “see” the critical trends of global and regional issues, the relationships between issues, and the consequences of different strategies. For detailed information, begin by downloading the proposal documents to learn more about the specifics of the project. Next, explore several quick demonstrations of new technologies and how data and mapping information can be utilized in powerful new ways.

Then, we invite you to register your interest, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress. We are actively seeking partners, expertise and investment for the project.


A large format, immersive visualization and simulation facility, the WRSC will compile an inventory of world resources, analyze and assess historical and projected trends, and study best practices and solutions to current and anticipated problems. The WRSC will provide global leaders from business, governments, education and NGOs a resource for cooperation and collaboration to make informed and sustainable choices for humanity as a whole in the shortest possible time. In our world of multiple crises, this kind of visualization tool is critical for thoughtful decision-making.

The WRSC will take advantage of current and evolving technologies which allow us to gather and turn data into accessible information, layered and displayed as 4-D map projections, to conduct geospatial analysis, to explore, visualize and create sophisticated optimal predictions that add insight and certainty to decision making. This visualization and simulation infrastructure provides access to in-depth, networked, globally distributed data on world resources, global trends and conditions.


As a proof of concept, the GENI Global Visualization was designed to show the potential uses of layered global environmental data. By choosing just two sets of data to overlay visually, relationships between them begin to emerge. The Flash Version of the visualization allows for a quick demonstration of the concept, while the WMS (Web Map Service) Version is a more powerful and complex tool. Follow either link to explore the project.

Flash Version Visualization

WMS Version

(Advanced Version)


There is no scarcity of thoughtful, knowledgeable, committed people working to make the world a better place. Below are a few demonstrations using visualization to explain environmental issues and trends. The WRSC will provide a large scale format to examine these and other issues, beyond the confines of a small computer screen.

Climate Time Machine
This color-coded map shows a progression of changing global surface temperatures from 1885 to 2007. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average.
(Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio)

GENI Renewable Energy Resource Maps
Here you will find renewable energy resource maps (global/ continent wide/ country) with definitions, information and links to current articles as well as related web resources.
Explore this changing world using the best statistics on health, income, environment and much more.


Cutting edge touch screens, immersive environments and mapping software are combining to give never before possible interactions between people and information. The WRSC will utilize these and other advancing technologies, allowing users to discover solutions in ways never before imagined.

This video shows researchers working on a
100-Megapixel LambdaVision wall using Scalable
Adaptive Graphics Environment.

Duke University Graduate Student Gil Bohrer has
created a virtual forest to study how forest canopies
interact with the atmosphere.

Autodesk Design on Jeff Han’s Perceptive Pixel
Multi-Touch Screen.

Using Google Earth on a Multi-Touch Screen.

WRSC Thirty Second Promo

For updates, expressions of interest, or for more information about how to participate, please register here.

The WRSC is a project of
GENI - Global Energy Network Institue
1088 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-234-1088, Fax: 619-595-0403
info (at)

Our thanks to the Quantum Learning Network for hosting the WRSC Design event

Copyright 2009