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Citizen's observatories: contributions to the improvement of flood modelling for management

Author(s): Ioana Popescu; Andreja Jonoski

Linked Author(s): Ioana Popescu, Andreja Jonoski

Keywords: Hydrolink; Flood modelling; citizen observatories; hydroinformatics; decision support systems; Danube delta; Ioana Popescu; Andreja Jonoski

Abstract: Crowdsourcing of environmental data has recently been proposed as a possible alternative to augment and enrich available datasets for managing environmental systems. In water-related studies, it could supplement the data available from existing monitoring networks. This article presents experiences from research in collecting and processing crowdsourced data for use in flood modelling studies. The work has been carried out in a past European research project (of the H2020 Research Programme), where data collected by citizens were used to support the development, calibration and validation of hydrodynamic models used for flood analysis. The data were gathered by dedicated game-like mobile phone app in the form of images and videos that were later post-processed to provide data on e.g. land use/land cover, river geometry, water levels and water velocities.  


Year: 2022

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