The future of a community is determined by choices made by a large number of individuals, businesses and government officials. However, it is difficult for community members to understand how today’s choices affect their future.
Policy Simulation uses visualization tools created with emerging computer technologies, like digital imagery and virtual reality to create interactive tools that depict the consequences of policy changes. For example, the town council might design a plan for managing growth in the town. Computer systems in the Policy Simulation Laboratory simulate the environmental, economic and social consequences, and create a virtual drive through town. Geographic Information Systems are used to create electronic maps. Together, these tools are used to demonstrate the consequences to the community to help them better visualize the consequences of policies and make wise choices.