Dr Alison Lloyd Williams, a member of the Lancaster team and now based at the University of Hull, said: “We’re delighted to be using new digital technologies as a way to help the stories of flood-affected children reach new audiences.
“We have found that the immersive nature of these videos can have a powerful impact on viewers and help mobilise people to action on flood risk.
“Our new teaching and learning resources support teachers in exploring this further in the classroom.”
Professor Dan Parsons, Director at the University of Hull’s Energy & Environment Institute, said: “This is a superb partnership project between the Universities of Hull and Lancaster and the Environment Agency, highlighting preparedness and how building resilience in communities is driven by ensuring members of those communities are empowered by knowledge and an understanding of their own risk.
“This project delivers that in a very innovative way.”
The new video – and resource pack – follows the success of the ‘Help Callum’ and ‘Inundation Street’ 360 video projects.
Together these 360 videos have been viewed over 2.6 million times on the Energy and Environment Institute’s SeriousGeoGames’ YouTube Channel, and showcased at the Waterline Summit 2020 and the annual Environment Agency’s Flood and Coast conference.
Julie Foley, Director of Flood Risk Management Strategy and National Adaptation at the Environment Agency, said: “This project brings together children's experiences and digital innovation in a way that will allow young people to talk and learn about the devastating impact of flooding.