Designing Virtual River: A Serious Gaming Environment to Collaboratively Explore Management Strategies in River and Floodplain Maintenance

  • Robert-Jan den HaanEmail author
  • Vivian Juliette Cortes Arevalo
  • Mascha van der Voort
  • Suzanne Hulscher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10056)


Dutch river management is in transition from a phase of intervention and implementation to a phase of maintenance. In light of this transition, we discuss initial results towards the development of a serious gaming environment where river and floodplain management actors can collaboratively explore intervention and maintenance strategies. We introduce the design approach of a serious gaming environment based on qualitative interviews with river and floodplain maintenance actors. Based on these interviews, we identified two key variables to explore strategies for river and floodplain maintenance: maintenance intervals and floodplain scaling. We proceed with presenting the Virtual River; a concept for a serious gaming environment. In this environment, actors can play out intervention and maintenance scenarios around these two key variables over time using simplified hydrological, morphodynamic and vegetation models.


Nature Objective Nature Manager Water Safety River Management Floodplain Area 
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Research for this paper was conducted as part of the program RiverCare: towards self-sustaining multifunctional rivers, funded by the Technology Foundation STW (Grant Number P12-P14). In addition, the authors would like to thank all interview participants for their participation and cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert-Jan den Haan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vivian Juliette Cortes Arevalo
    • 2
  • Mascha van der Voort
    • 1
  • Suzanne Hulscher
    • 2
  1. 1.Design DepartmentUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Water Engineering and ManagementUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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