flooding around the UK has been launched by the government's chief
scientific adviser David King.
fictional area of the UK coast over a 100 year period.
The aim is to defend cities, towns and the countryside in a virtual
terrain whilst maintaining levels of housing and jobs for an
FloodRanger has been developed from the DTI's Foresight project on
flood and coastal defences. It will be a useful tool for
organisations such as local authorities, the Environment Agency,
other government departments and universities to help educate and
inform people involved with flood planning and management.
The initial software is generic but future versions can be tailored
to particular environments with the developers.
Sir David said: 'Flooding can have a devastating effect on people's
homes and businesses. There are around£200bn worth of assets and 1.7
million households in flood risk areas in England and Wales.
'Current measures reduce the risk considerably, but as there are
clear indications that flood risk will increase, long-term planning
'FloodRanger is intended to raise awareness of flood and coastal
defence issues in a way that is both fun and thought-provoking. It is
an innovative new tool to be used as a learning process for anyone
involved with flood management.'
Players must take tough decisions and face the consequences. They
must decide where to build and what to defend, they must create jobs
and houses, and face the uncertainties of climate change.
The Environment Agency's regional climate change project manager Tim
Reeder said: 'FloodRanger brings home to a wider audience the
implications of making long-term decisions on flood risk management
given the uncertainties that climate change will bring. We will be
considering how we can use the approach that FloodRanger demonstrates
in our future work.'
Chris Walker from East Sussex CC said: 'Not only could FloodRanger
help those engaged on infrastructure planning and environmental
management to understand the complex implications of future climate
change on river catchments and coastal management, but could also
provide a useful learning facility in education.'
The Foresight flood and coastal defence team has worked with
Discovery Software Ltd and View the World Ltd to develop this version
of the FloodRanger software. Copies of the game are available from
Discovery Software Ltd, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01803
663975 Website: www.discoverysoftware.co.uk
1. Flooding and coastal erosion are a key future challenges for the
UK. The Foresight flood and coastal defence project was set up to
help identify how future science and technologies might help define
and meet these challenges.
2. FloodRanger is one of the outcomes of the Foresight flood and
coastal defence project.
3. The flood and coastal defence project is producing a long-term
(30-100 year) vision for the future of UK flood and coastal defence
which is robust and can be used as a basis to inform policy, and its
delivery. This vision will be challenging and independent.
4. The project reported its first findings in June 2003 and expects
to make its final report in April 2004. Further information about
this and other Foresight projects at www.foresight.gov.uk
5. Further information about the developers of FloodRanger can be