Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Geosci. Commun., 3, 343–364, 2020

Special issue: Five years of Earth sciences and art at the EGU (2015–2019)

Geosci. Commun., 3, 343–364, 2020

Research article 17 Nov 2020

Research article | 17 Nov 2020

Earth Girl Volcano: characterizing and conveying volcanic hazard complexity in an interactive casual game of disaster preparedness and response

Isaac Kerlow et al.

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Subject: Geoscience engagement | Keyword: Science-art collaborations
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Cited articles

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Short summary
Earth Girl Volcano is a casual strategy interactive game about saving communities at risk of volcanic hazards. The easy-to-play game features a friendly animated visual style and an engaging simulation of volcanic events. The game was designed by a multidisciplinary team to appeal to mainstream non-technical audiences, and it was inspired by the experiences of disaster survivors and civil defense teams. Players can learn through gameplay about disaster preparedness and response.
Final-revised paper