Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull, said: “With global flood risk set to double by 2050 as a result of climate change, information about rivers and their characteristics is increasingly important.
“This is a fun way to help build community resilience to flood risk and make people aware of those risks in a fun and engaging way.
“As an institute focussing on critical global issues, such as flooding, part of our role is to conduct world-leading research into these global problems. The other part is about raising awareness of the issues around climate change, which games like these will help us do. We chose the river categories because we feel they express a wide range of important river characteristics, whilst also highlighting the risks associated with even the smallest rivers.”
Florence Halstead, a PhD student whose research focuses on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, led the project.
She said: “There is a positive benefit to this in that it is a really fun game which children are familiar with already. Top Trumps is well-established and gives children and adults an extra learning element. My research focuses on children’s perceptions of flooding. I work with children along the Mekong Delta, which is at huge risk of flooding. I’ve taken the game out to these children and they love it!”
To play, each player is dealt a number of rivers and chooses a category about their river that they think will win against their opponent.
The cards are available via the University’s online shop for £4.99. Visit here to buy your cards.