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+ - Using virtual reality to prevent wildfires

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers want to immerse people in a virtual wildfire to encourage them to invest in prevention. The UCF research team has developed an interactive virtual reality simulation of a wildfire spreading through Volusia County. Participants will receive $100 of real money to be immersed in an environment which will cover about 30 years in an hour. They'll have to decide how much they want to invest in prescribed burns and insurance, and will keep some of the money depending on the final value of their land. The goal of the researchers is to demonstrate that virtual reality can be an effective public policy tool. Interesting concept... Read more for additional references, including a 92-page report on the subject, and pictures of wildfires in which participants will be immersed."

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