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University of Hull creates 'Rivers' Top Trumps to educate on flood hazard and risk


 

Scientists from the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute are using an iconic game to educate people on flood hazard and risk.

Researchers within the Institute’s Earth Arcade, have worked with Top Trumps to create a new ‘Rivers’ version to educate adults and children through the popular game.

The Earth Arcade is part of the Institute’s outreach and engagement work and includes bespoke games and activities to help raise awareness among people about some of the most pressing environment issues, as well as the research being carried out to find solutions.

The new Top Trumps game has been designed as an educational tool for schools, other organisations and the public to broaden awareness, particularly on flood affected populations.

The cards contain a wealth of statistics on the world’s great rivers, including how many people near each river could be affected by a large flood, length of the river, an index score, out of 100, based on the number of animals living in and around the river that have the potential to harm humans and the number of countries the river flows through.

“With global flood risk set to double by 2050 as a result of climate change, information about rivers and their characteristics is increasingly important." Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull

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.

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