This example will give you a good idea of the kinds of learning we hope to achieve through this game. It will take you through two trials of the game.

Let's see if growing a third crop of rice is a good idea. Is it possible to grow a third crop of rice? Is there enough water for it? Can I grow a third crop of rice and still have enough water for other sectors?

Trial 1:

Create a decision scenario where only the third crop of rice is grown, without any other changes in infrastructure or management. Click "Submit" and wait for the results.

Result for trial 1

Overall Score is -2.0, so overall, you did poorly compared to the historical baseline.

Let's look at details. Click on "View Details"

Detail Result for trial 1

Climate impacts

  • Compare Current climate versus baseline.
    • Agricultural yield does increase compared to baseline. That is good; but there is a trade-off. There is a drop in hydropower generation, urban water supply and environmental flows, because now more water is consumed by agriculture. Flood flows are reduced because more water is lost to crop evapotranspiration. Score=-1 under this climate (poorer than baseline).
  • Compare Dry Climate versus Baseline.
    • Under the dry climate, all sectors perform poorly relative to baseline. The exception is flood flows being lower. Score=-3.0
  • Compare Wet Climate versus Baseline
    • In the wet climate all sectors compare well, compared to baseline, except flood flows, which are higher. Score = 2.0

Trial 2:

Looking at the schematic, maybe building a a new dam, would allow growing a third crop of rice, without compromising on other sectors' water needs? Let's try switching on only one dam, Thac Muoi. Click 'Submit' and wait for results.

Thac Muoi dam

Overall Score is 3.2, so overall, we did better compared to the historical baseline, as well as Trial 1.

Let's look at details. Click on "View Details"

Thac Muoi dam

Climate impacts

  • Compare Current climate versus baseline.
    • There are improvements in all sectors, except habitat fragmentation. Score=4.4 under this climate (better than baseline, and Trial 1).
  • Compare Dry Climate versus Baseline.
    • Under the dry climate, all sectors perform poorly relative to baseline. The exception is flood flows being lower. This result is similar to Trial 1, plus there now is habitat fragmentation taking place. Score=-3.6.
  • Compare Wet Climate versus Baseline
    • In the wet climate all sectors compare well, compared to baseline, except flood flows and habitat fragmentation. Score = 2.4.

At this point, Trial 2 may seem promising. Here are a few ideas for next steps.

  • Discuss with your colleagues how to mitigate the environmental impacts.
  • Are there other ways to achieve our goals?
  • Keep building on this result, by playing more trials of the game.