Participatory simulations of urban flooding for learning and decision support

Jonathan M. Gilligan, Corey Brady, Janey V. Camp, John J. Nay, Pratim Sengupta

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Flood-control measures, such as levees and floodwalls, can backfire and increase risks of disastrous floods by giving the public a false sense of security and thus encouraging people to build valuable property in high-risk locations. More generally, nonlinear interactions between human land-use and natural processes can produce unexpected emergent phenomena in coupled human-natural systems (CHNS). We describe a participatory agent-based simulation of coupled urban development and flood risks and discuss the potential of this simulation to help educate a wide range of the public-from middle-and high-school students to public officials-about emergence in CHNS and present results from two pilot studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781467397438
StatePublished - Feb 16 2016
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015 - Huntington Beach, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2015Dec 9 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


OtherWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHuntington Beach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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