Computer game to fight the inevitable

It can’t be easy being environment minister Phil Woolas, what with having to protect the UK against flooding. And prevent climate change too.

So to help us all understand what a tough job making those policy decisions is, Norwich Union has come up with a computer game to simulate the challenge faced by the government in dealing with the threat of flooding. puts the player in charge of all flood policy decisions. In the game, floods hit the UK each year, and success is determined by how many people and how much of the economy is affected by flooding.

Perhaps Floodsim will ultimately be used to identity a future ‘flood tsar’ to make those tricky decisions in real life.

Will we all be safe (and dry) in the hands of a spotty teenager?