Exploring Immersive Mixed Reality Simulations and Its Impact on Climate Change Awareness


  • Zhaozhong Wang Homestead High School, 21370 Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States
  • You-Jin Kim University of California, Santa Barbara, 3309 Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6065, United States


Mixed Reality
Augmented Reality
Climate Change
Immersive Simulations


Purpose: To combat widespread climate change misconceptions that halt mitigation efforts, we investigate Mixed Reality’s applicability in helping contextualize climate change consequences.

Design/methodology/approach: We propose an immersive Mixed Reality system that simulates personally-relevant experiences relating to climate change disasters. To evaluate our methods, we conducted a pilot study with the constructed Mixed Reality system and analyzed collected statistics.

Findings: Participants reported heightened motivation to adopt more sustainable practices as a result of Mixed Reality system use; collected statistics display increased levels of stress and ratings of immersion from system use. Results display prominent applicability of Mixed Reality systems in climate change contextualization.

Research limitations/implications: Due to the lack of accessible Head-Mounted Displays, the pilot study is confined to a Mixed Reality format. Future work can examine effects of more realistic and localized approaches on stress and inclination levels; these effects may include real-time scanning and geographical mapping, dynamic object placement, information prompting, and improved spatialized audio.

Originality/value: We evaluate the relative effectiveness of current communication mediums and propose a novel MR system as a solution to global mitigation challenges. We evaluate the effectiveness of conveying climate change awareness topics through Mixed Reality with a pilot study.


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How to Cite

Wang, Z., & Kim, Y.-J. (2022). Exploring Immersive Mixed Reality Simulations and Its Impact on Climate Change Awareness. Asian Journal of Applied Science and Engineering, 11(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.18034/ajase.v11i1.3