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3-D visualization software benefits students of Earth science

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Earth science students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, are benefiting from the use of state-of-the-art seismic imaging and 3-D visualization software. The company, Seismic Micro-Technology, is providing five licenses for the university to use their KINGDOM software, which is used in the oil and gas industry to examine the Earth's subsurface. Graduate student Daniel Livsey, who studies coastal geology, says the three-year grant to use KINGDOM software will benefit his work.

Livsey:            The ability to use KINGDOM suite is really, really great for my research, but also for future students' work because it's a product that's used extensively in industry and so by integrating it to our research, it prepares us for industry work, which is very good professionally. And then from kind of a research point of view, it's very useful because we're interested in how environments change with time and it's very difficult to get your mind wrapped around what's going on in that area without some kind of 3-D visualization tool.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.