- New approaches for data collection: micro-/nano-sensors, embedded systems and social sensing
- Advanced water modelling: agent-based models, multiagent systems, machine learning techniques
- Innovative platforms and e-services for COs, user-friendly modelling and visualisation tools
- Data interoperability, integration and assimilation techniques
- Managing big data
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) and advanced water modelling tools are drivers to include social innovation in catchment-scale water resources management. Thanks to technological solutions such as mobile apps and web portals, citizens can become active players in the collection, validation and dissemination of information. User-friendly modelling, advanced visualisation tools and virtual reality systems can enhance participation in Citizen Observatories, help raise awareness about environmental issues and natural hazards and promote transparent decision-making processes.
Innovative tools are needed in order to take full advantage of crowdsourced data, including strategies for data integration at international, European, national and regional level, and infrastructures to store, manage, share and process big data, such as the European Cloud Initiative. The participation of SMEs is also crucial to facilitate the development and uptake of innovative systems tailored to users' specific needs.
This session will focus on methods and technologies to support Citizen Observatories, including but not limited to innovative sensors and data collection solutions, novel modelling approaches and data assimilation and cross-validation methods. Contributions illustrating the use of open processing standards, open source software, shared technical standards and INSPIRE-compliant data-management are particularly welcome. The session will also cover key lessons learned and best practices developed during ongoing projects, and through academic research and practitioners’ experience.