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UCF Researchers Hope Virtual Reality Can Help to Prevent Wildfires


June 6, 2007

News thumbnail A University of Central Florida research team is developing an hour-long interactive simulation of a wildfire. Participants will decide whether or not to invest in prescribed burns and fire insurance over a 30-year span. Each decision leads to different consequences, and researchers hope seeing the impact of wildfires will encourage participants to support prescribed burning and other fire prevention methods. This technology could be used later for other topics, such as hurricanes. Full Story

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