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FLOODCITISENSE – EARLY WARNING SERVICE FOR URBAN PLUVIAL FLOODS FOR AND BY CITIZENS AND CITY AUTHORITIES

Duration: April 2017 - March 2020

FloodCitiSense aims at developing an urban pluvial flood early warning service for, but also by citizens and city authorities. This service will reduce the vulnerability of urban areas and citizens to pluvial floods, which cause serious damage to the urban environment.

Citizens will be actively involved in the monitoring of rainfall and flooding, making use of low-cost sensors and web-based technologies. The early warning service will enable ‘citizens and cities’ to be better prepared and to better respond to urban pluvial floods. FloodCitiSense targets a co-creation of this innovative public service in an urban living lab context with all actors

Objectives

The main outcome of this project will be an urban pluvial flood early warning service for and by citizens and city authorities. This will be accomplished by bringing together all actors in an urban living lab. Overall project objectives include: Develop a methodological framework in an urban Living Lab context for the co-creation of a flood early warning service with key stakeholder, give citizens an active role in mapping and monitoring urban pluvial floods, establish a blueprint for low-cost smart sensor monitoring, improve simulation and understanding of urban hydrological response, develop a fast and accurate, data-driven, urban pluvial flood forecasting system, co-create and design urban pluvial flood warning systems with local key stakeholders, researchers, and industrial partners.

Facts:
Contact: Boud Verbeiren, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
E-mail: boud.verbeiren@vub.be
Budget: 1.678.276 MEUR (funding by JPI Urban Europe)

Partners:

1.    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE

2.    Delft University of Technology, NL

3.    Imperial College London, UK

4.    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Ecosystems Services and Management Program, AT

5.    Etats Généraux de l’Eau à Bruxelles – vzw, BE

6.    Local Government Information Unit, UK

7.    RainPlusPlus Ltd, UK

8.    RPS Environmental Management Ltd, UK

9.    Disdrometrics, NL

10. City of Brussels, BE

11. City of Amsterdam, NL

12. Birmingham Council, UK

13. Severn Trent Water, UK

14. National Taipei University of Technology, TW