The role of participants for monitoring rainfall and urban floods: The FloodCitiSense project

Michelle Boonen, Carina Maria Veeckman

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Urban pluvial floods in Europe are causing significant damage to the urban environment due to their fast onset and localized nature. Monitoring and management of water hazards in cities is typically in the hands of local governmental agencies, whereby citizens most often play a passive role as people negatively affected by the flooding. The FloodCitiSense project aims at integrating crowdsourced hydrological data, collaboratively monitored by local stakeholders, including citizens, making use of low-cost sensors and web-based technologies, into a flood early warning system. In three cities, Rotterdam, Brussels and Birmingham, 180 raindrop counters will be distributed among citizens and schools in 2018-2019, as well as a mobile application for crowd sourcing flood observations. Through these citizen science tools, citizens will be able to play an active role in the flood precaution phase through the mapping and monitoring of floods, leading to a more effective hazard analysis. The main research question focuses upon the roles which participants can play in the spectrum of citizen science for monitoring and mapping of urban floods, and in the co-creation of the tools to do so.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
EventSecond International ECSA Conference 2018: Citizen Science - Salle communale de Plainpalais, Rue de Carouge 52, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 3 Jun 20185 Jun 2018


ConferenceSecond International ECSA Conference 2018
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