Title Disaster Dynamics
Type Research Project
Abstract The goal of the Disaster Dynamics project is to create serious games for disaster education. The project's primary product is the Hurricane Landfall Game, a multi-player computer game designed for use in undergraduate hazard management and/or urban planning curricula. It teaches players about the interactions between natural hazards and human decisions in a fictional Gulf Coast barrier island community exposed to hurricanes and other hazards. Players learn practical lessons about communication, negotiation, and decision-making; the value of long-term, holistic thinking; system dynamics; and the importance of the recovery phase of disaster response.
Participants Seth McGinnis
Eric Scharff
Robert Harriss
Lynette Laffea
Marissa Forbes
Brian Muller
Start Date 1-Jan-2003
Funders NSF
Keywords Coastal Systems
Decision Making
Natural Hazards
Risk Analysis
Weather Impacts
Serious Games
Gulf Coast

Research Themes Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience
Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions
Assessment Methods, Products and Tools


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)