CitiSense

 

Title Citizen Sensing – Urban Climate Resilience through Participatory Risk Management Systems
Lead PI Neset Tina-Simone, Linköping University, Sweden

Partner PIs

  • Rød Jan Ketil, Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology, Norway
  • Hounjet Micheline, Deltares, The Netherlands
  •  Santos Cruz Sara, University of Porto, Portugal
Funding agencies  FORMAS, RCN, NWO, FCT

Abstract

Urban citizens continually make a multitude of decisions related to climate-related risks that affect their safety, health and wellbeing e.g. how to respond to unusual events, stormwater flow, flooding, high levels of suspended dust. CitiSense aims to co-develop a participatory risk management system (PRMS) with citizens, local authorities and organizations which enable them to contribute to advanced climate services and enhanced urban climate resilience as well as receive recommendations that support their security. It employs citizen sensing, which citizens is acting as sensors to collect and send information and also novel means of citizen-technology interaction. Citizens, besides sending images, videos and texts will also interact with wireless sensor systems via a specially-designed app on their smart phones to upload and send monitored climate parameters to a database. This allows a large amount of site-specific data on emerging risks to be rapidly collected, which can link to and inform existing recommendations in current urban climate-related risk management and adaptation plans. When critical loads of selected parameters or identified number of posts are foreseen to be exceeded or long-term trends detected, site-specific recommendations to guide citizen responses will be sent through the CitiSense app and placed on the web portal. This platform will facilitate the exploration of available data collected by other citizens in the city. The co-development of the PRMS with citizen groups helps ensure that it addresses their demands for preparedness to take appropriate risk management actions. This project aims to explore and analyse if, how and to what extent this system holds potential to increase preparedness and appropriate responses by citizens and authorities to increase urban climate resilience in different European and climate contexts. The project will include four pilots conducted in cities in the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.