Game of Floods

Organizational Author Marin County Community Development Agency
Date Published 11/7/2022
Resource Type Analysis Tool
Tags Sea Level Rise & Flooding

Resource Summary

The County of Marin, California’s “Game of Floods” is an interactive game on sea level rise climate adaptation for Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. The game is a model for public engagement and education on coastal adaptation – with information on climate impacts and adaptation options, encouraging discussions on the benefits and tradeoffs of adaptation measures.

This small group activity allows participants to prepare “Marin Island 2050,” a hypothetical landscape that highlights the conditions that will be experienced in Marin in coming years for sea level rise and increased storm impacts. Players consider the potential loss or deterioration of homes, community facilities, roads, agricultural land, beaches, wetlands, lagoons, and other resources. Players are faced with a range of sea level rise scenarios, and must assess different adaptation options for efficacy, environmental effects, and cost. The game encourages participants to consider green infrastructure alternatives to traditional levees and sea walls.

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