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Serious gaming and flood risk communication in Gemini.no

The Norwegian scientific magazine covers news on technology, environment, natural sciences, innovation, and society among other topics. This week they released a news article on World of Wild Waters and our focus on the use of serious gaming for a successful dissemination of flood risk.

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Documentation on the flood event affecting the municipality of Utvik in July 2017, where WoWW’s project leader and his family, among many others, were affected (Photo: Anne Jørgensen Bruland)

The original article, written in Norwegian, can be briefly summarized into:

i) the flood event in Utvik (2017) was the starting point and where the World of Wild Waters started. Our project leader, a hydrologist that noticed a potential risk in his hometown, warned the local authorities with no response in return.

ii) the need of effective (in a precise yet understandable manner to non-experts) flood risk communication was identified.

iii) advanced hydrologic and hydraulic knowledge needed to be gathered and embedded into a serious gaming platform. Seven PhD candidates started their journey to make this possible. However, the final product will be incomplete without the collaboration of external partners from the gaming industry. The sooner these partners step in, the sooner the municipalities and decision-makers will benefit from this user-friendly flood risk assessment and communication tool.

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WoWW’s project leader interviewed by Lørn.Tech

Oddbjørn Bruland was recently hosted on Lørn Tech, a podcast covering top technology topics in Norway, such as Gaming, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Big Data or Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), among many others. Sunniva Rose, a well known nuclear physicist in Norway, conducted the interview on the topic VR.AR, very relevant to our project.

In the podcast (translated to “Wet, Wild and Virtual“, which are World of Wild Waters’ keywords par excellence), Oddbjørn talks about the concept of Serious Gaming and introduces our project’s goals and how uniquely multidisciplinary our team is.

Original podcast (in Norwegian)

The scientific community is already very familiar with advanced hydraulic simulations and writing long and dull reports presenting the simulated results. However, such reports might not have the desired impact when presented to decision-makers and stakeholders that oftentimes do not have such hydraulic engineering background. As highlighted during the interview, World of Wild Waters attempts to bridge this communication gap. Our goal is, primarily, to facilitate scientific dissemination of natural hazards by presenting the flood and landslide scenarios through exciting and realistic simulations within the framework of a virtual environment. This is expected to improve sound decision-making and save lives and cost.

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Example of mixed reality (VR+AR) used in flood risk communication (Photo: The Weather Channel)

We are always happy to talk in further detail about what we do in WoWW, and we appreciate Lørn.Tech’s invitation to their podcast.

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W.A.T.E.R. 2019 – Advanced hydraulic measurement techniques

The last week of June has been very enriching for Adina, Michal and Nitesh, as they attended the 4th Workshop on Advanced measurement Techniques and Experimental Research (W.A.T.E.R.) in Bologna, Italy. This edition was organized by the University of Bologna, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the IAHR Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee (EMI) The workshop was focused on experimental methods applied in different hydraulics fields and combined theoretical sessions and hands-on measurement exercises in the laboratory.

Besides the different laboratory sessions (i.e. Particle Tracking Velocimetry, Particle Image Velocimetry, Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry, Laser Doppler Anemometry, Ultrasonic Pulse Velocimetry, Wave Gauges Pressure Transducers) held at the Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering (LIDR-DICAM), a field trip to River Po Interregional Agency (AIPO, Boretto) was organized. There, measurements velocity profiles and river bed topography were taken by means of a UAV (Unmanned Aquatic Vehicle) with mounted ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler), as well as a survey boat tour. Different scale hydraulic laboratory experiments were also visited.

Adina and Michal had the opportunity to present their research during the peer-2-peer session. Adina talked about the Optimization of hydrodynamic simulations in steep rivers, whereas Michal focused on Erosion protection in steep rivers.

The feedback received during their presentation, as well as the knowledge acquired regarding the different techniques, are of great value to the World of Wild Waters. For instance, fieldwork campaigns and laboratory experiments will be implemented for data gathering, callibration of hydromorphodynamic simulations and further flood risk analysis of selected study cases at different spatio-temporal scales. Getting to know new methodology has extended Work Package 2’s perspective on both optical and acoustic state-of-the-art laboratory and field measurement equipment.