UrbanFlood is a project under the European Union 7th
framework Programme* that develops and tests an internet based early warning
system (EWS). The project started in December 2009 and will run until
November 30th 2012, so we are in the last six months of the
Project coordinator Robert Meijer: “The European Commission
wants to spread technologies that help citizens in urban areas to deal with
the effects of climate change. Based on all kinds of sensor inputs, expert
opinions and scientific models the system decides on the threat level and
suggests a response.”
“The system is
general purpose; UrbanFlood tests the system for the case of flooding caused
by dike or flood barrier failure. The idea is that the responsible
organisations put sensor networks in dikes, connect the network to the
internet and UrbanFlood will generate a dedicated EWS for them on the
internet that is able to warn where the dike may breach and show what the
consequences may be!” While the system is designed as a flood early warning
tool it can also be used as a flood defence (asset) management tool.
The project is
carried out by a consortium of Cyfronet
(Poland), HR Wallingford (United Kingdom), OOO Siemens (Russia), STOWA, TNO
and University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
This newsletter informs about the progress and impact of the
3rd and final UrbanFlood
November 2012 – Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The UrbanFlood final conference will be held during
the 2nd European Conference on Flood Risk Management, FLOODrisk2012.
This conference will be held at the World Trade
on 20-22 November 2012.
For the first 50 guests that register for the UrbanFlood workshop day
admission passes are available at reduced rates. These passes gives admission
to the UrbanFlood session but also to the full FLOODrisk2012 conference for
Thursday November 22 ... Follow this link for
30 – 31 May 2012 - Krakow, Poland
The last UrbanFlood Consortium
meeting was in Krakow, Poland. We had an excellent meeting,
progress was up to expectations. Two Advisory Board members joined most of
the meetings which enabled them to give their views and reflections.
Stakeholder feedback requested
Following the suggestion of the Review Committee we would like
to invite interested stakeholders to download two important UrbanFlood
reports: D2.1 Early Warning Systems and the Mitigation
of Climate Change Induced Disasters (Stakeholder Requirements) and D2.2 Functionality & Architecture of
Internet Based EWS and EWS Hosting Platforms. These reports were
published in 2010. The UrbanFlood community is very interested in your
comments and views, and suggestions for updates and improvements. Please send
your suggestions to Bob Pengel, the
WP2 task leader.
UrbanFlood demonstration at The Crystal
Summer 2012 – London,
The Crystal in London is for everyone
who cares about creating a better future for our cities. Visitors to the Crystal can explore an
interactive exhibition about trends affecting cities, and ways to make them
more sustainable and better places to live. Of course a demonstration of
UrbanFlood is part of this very interesting and important exhibition.
Follow this link to view the UrbanFlood demonstration
(new version on July 14, 2012).
in the summer of 2012 in London’s Green
Enterprise District, the Crystal is London’s newest landmark
and visitor experience. An iconic green building, with a comprehensive
visitor centre and state-of-the-art conference facilities, it also aims to
promote independent dialogue and collaboration on sustainable cities.
Flood defence technology tested in
18 May, 2012 – BBC News Lincolnshire, UK
From the BBC
interview: “New technology which can detect possible failures in flood
defence embankments is being tested in Lincolnshire.
Sensors have been installed in the bank of the River Haven, in Boston, to detect
changes below ground such as temperature, moisture and movement. The data is
sent to a control room via the internet, so that any changes in the flood
defences can be investigated. The project (UrbanFlood) is being funded by the
this link to the BBC article
Boston Visitor Centre
26 April, 2012 – Boston,
The Boston Visitor
centre is receiving positive feedback on the installation of the multi-touch
screen. Visitors to the centre have been using the multi touch screen to
learn more about the flood defences where they live. A feedback book is
located next to the multi touch screen and we are actively encouraging
members of the public to comment in the book.
Comments from the
really amazing what can be done these days”
“I have learnt
something new today about where I live, it is reassuring to know we are in
‘safe’ hands when it comes to flooding problems”
“It’s exciting to see
final UrbanFlood International Workshop
as part of the 2nd European Conference on Flood
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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UrbanFlood is a European project under the EU 7th
framework Programme*. For more details please visit the UrbanFlood website www.urbanflood.euor contact the project coordinator:
email@example.com (+31(0)88 86 65753).
* UrbanFlood, a project funded under the EU
Seventh Framework Programme, Theme ICT-2009.6.4a. ICT for Environmental
Services and Climate Change Adaption. Grant agreement no. 248767. Project
from December 1, 2009 until November 30, 2012
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