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Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1673–1689, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1673-2016

Special issue: Effective Science Communication and Education in Hydrology...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1673–1689, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-1673-2016
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Using video games for volcanic hazard education and communication: an assessment of the method and preliminary results

Lara Mani et al.

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Here, we aim to better understand the potential for using video games in volcanic hazard education with at-risk communities. A study using a bespoke-designed video game – St. Vincent's Volcano – was trialled on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in 2015. Preliminary data analysis demonstrates 94 % of study participants had an improved knowledge of volcanic hazards after playing the game, leading us to conclude that video games could be a logical progression for education and outreach activities.
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