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A recent symposium on the benefits of immersive virtual reality featured guest speakers from various universities.
Symposium attendees
Professor Lercari's unorthodox path to UC Merced gives him unique perspective on researching world heritage.
Nicola Lercari
Find videos of data realization and drone fly-throughs at archaeological sites.
UCM World Heritage YouTube Channel

The Intersection of Next Generation Technology and Resource Preservation

Wawona Room (SSM 117), 3:30pm-6:30pm - Oct 8th 2015 Open to all Graduate Students - Free Pizza The conservation and preservation of natural and cultural resources faces increasing challenges due to climate change, armed conflicts, narrow budgets, and limited involvement of local communities. In this first of two collaborative research sessions, the Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Research Group (NCRPIRG) will introduce the use of next generation technology such as high-fidelity digital reconstructions, virtual reality visualizations, and unmanned aerial vehicles, to enhance natural and cultural heritage preservation. UC Merced researchers will share their domain knowledge and explore the future possibilities of collaborative projects.
Natural and Cultural Landscapes at Bodie State Historic Park, California

Website Launch

The World Heritage Website has launched over the summer! Read up on courses, professors, projects, interviews and more!
Not only can you conduct research as an undergrad, you might even qualify for funding to do so.
Fellowship opportunities

The World Heritage program at UC Merced focuses on natural heritage and on the cultural legacy of the human past by examining how it is reflected today in places, landscapes and intangible aspects of our culture. Conservation, preservation, management and outreach related to cultural and natural heritage are fundamental aspects of the program.


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