|Title||Using Photorealistic Visualizations|
|Publication Type||Government Report|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Series Title||Social Science Tools for Coastal Programs|
|Publisher||NOAA Coastal Services Center|
Coastal managers of all kinds often face a common problem when speaking to stakeholders, other coastal programs, and the public: how does the organization communicate the true importance and impact of resource changes armed with charts, graphs, and statistics? In today’s visual world, simulated images are often much more effective than charts and graphs in conveying the real impact of coastal change and development. Such visualizations can inform the decision-making process and spur stakeholders to develop strategies that mitigate the potential negative impacts of current land use decisions. Using Photorealistic Visualizations is the seventh in a series of publications developed to bring information to coastal managers about the use of social science tools in their field of work.