- Making sensors in 2018: new approaches for data capturing
- Earth Observation data for natural hazards and water management
- Platforms and e-services for citizen observatories data interoperability
- Data integration, data assimilation techniques, advanced water modeling
Information and communications technology (ICT) and models are drivers to include social innovation in many aspects of catchment management, enabling citizens observatories to increase participation and to translate data capturing into meaningful information.
The Citizen Observatory promotes communication and supports the sharing of technological solutions (e.g. sensors, mobile apps, web portals) to enable citizens to become active stakeholders in information capturing, evaluation and communication for the water environment. This new approach in water management raises the necessity of best using and elaborating the citizens’ observations and understanding of environmentally/water-related problems.
This session will focus in on technologies and methods to support Citizen Observatories, including – but not limited to - new approaches to data capturing (e.g. sensors, crowd-sourcing methods, remote sensing technologies), integration methods to combine data from various sources of varying temporal and spatial coverage, cross-validation, data assimilation techniques, water models, agent based models. The session will also consider key lessons learned and best practices emerged from ongoing projects, academic research and practitioners experience.
- Innovative platforms for collecting, handling, processing and storing of citizen-generated environmental data
Europe has invested a lot in infrastructure to achieve an accurate Earth observation capacity. Initiatives such as Copernicus provide a mapping of forest areas, wetlands or artificial surfaces; yet, the burden of investing in new equipment or maintaining the current infrastructure is unsustainable. Ways of complementing the in-situ infrastructure with citizen-sourced data at a low cost are currently investigated. Recognizing that citizen participation in environmental policy making is in its infancy and that citizens feel unable to influence environmental policies, smart ICT technologies and models should be employed to alleviate this barrier. This session will focus on the use of smart technologies and methods that will enable citizens to support the policy makers by monitoring LandCover/LandUse changes as part of their everyday activities augmenting the in-situ infrastructure with a people-generated observation web. The presented technologies as they emanate from the SCENT project, include crowdsourcing tools, serious gaming applications, in-situ and portable sensors while the methods will focus on interoperable standards, machine learning algorithms and modelling frameworks.