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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered here, please get in touch.

At some point there will be a virtual field trip with integrated interpretation. Guidance will be provided separately for the others, but this will be in a password-protected forum. The reason for the latter is to allow most of the virtual fieldwork resources to be used flexibly at a range of academic levels, including for assessment purposes. Besides, virtual fieldwork with integrated interpretation can be rather passive for the viewer.

You need a computer, laptop or other mobile device, with an internet connection. There is no requirement for any browser plug-ins, although the browser itself should be reasonably up to date (compliant with HTML 5).

That would be great, and it is undoubtedly the future. At this point, however, creating a genuinely realistic landscape in which you can navigate anywhere would be hugely expensive to develop, and would also require the user to have high-end graphics processing hardware.

I am more than happy to discuss new projects, but please be aware that the main development work (other than fieldwork) usually takes place in whatever time I can find around my main commitments. As such, I am really looking for mutually beneficial collaborations – preferably projects with multiple outcomes. For example, you may be able to contribute to the development of the resource in some way. Or there may be publication opportunities (pedagogical and/or research).

That would be great. The resources are free to use, but I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know how you are planning to use them, and provide some feedback on how it goes. This enables me to demonstrate impact, and provides justification for continued investment of time and other resources.

I am happy to help if I can. However, please be aware that this project continues to be developed on top of my other commitments, so I don’t have a lot of spare time.

This is a limitation of iOS, but it should not really detract from the viewing experience.

Latest Posts

Article in ‘Geography’ on VR Glaciers

I wrote an article about VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes that appears in the Autumn 2019 edition of ‘Geography’, published by the Geographical Association.  It includes some suggestions as to how the resource can be used in the classroom. Examples include landform and landscape interpretation exercises; studying glacier response to climate change; spatial literacy, GIS

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Col du Sanetsch – another virtual field trip

Why not have a look at the newly-launched Sanetsch Pass virtual field trip? As always, there is plenty to see, including impressive alpine scenery. Those more interested in human activities also have something to look at, with settlements, tourism, and other things to contemplate. One thing you will not see, unfortunately, is the Tsanfleuron Glacier.

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Can you help?

In order to support the ongoing development of this site, it would be really helpful if you could let me know why and how you use the resource. I’d also appreciate hearing any ideas you may have for improvements. Thank you!


This website allows you to explore glaciers and glaciated landscapes using virtual field trips. High quality, 360 degree interactive panoramas (panospheres) allow you to look all around and zoom in on features of interest – a bit like Google Streetview ©.

© VR Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes by Derek McDougall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

Last updated: March 2019