We are pleased to announce that we have started working with developers from BetaJester on our latest project, Flash Flood!
Flash Flood! is being produced as part of the Flash Flooding from Intense Rainfall (FFIR) research programme, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is designed to highlight the destructive power of flash floods. This work has taken particular significance in light of the recent flooding in the UK over December.
Flash Flood! will use the latest Oculus Rift headsets, only available on pre-order this week, and is built using the Unity-3D gaming engine. The virtual reality experience will allow you to explore a pristine river valley, and soak up the sun by its pleasant and gentle stream. This changes with the weather, as an intense convective storm darkens the skies and heavy rainfall falls on the upper headlands of the valley. This triggers landslides, cascading debris into the river, trapping flood water before it bursts down the river, swelling the gentle stream into a raging torrent.
The river valley before the storm
The river flow, full of stones, rocks, trees and other debris strips the river banks of its plants, and changes the nature of the river and its valley. After surviving the storm, you can then explore the river valley once more and see for yourself the changes it underwent in just a few hours of flooding.
The river valley after the storm (trees to be added)
The images in this post are very early development screenshots and we think they look great. They are built from data collected in the field and based on an actual flash flood event – we’ll be updating our website shortly to give more details on this.
We’re really excited about Flash Flood! and hope to be bringing to an event near you soon!