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URBANFLOOD : UrbanFlood

Description:

UrbanFlood is a European project investigating the use of sensors within flood embankments to support an online early warning system, real time emergency management and routine asset management. Application of the concepts to support routine asset management, which includes the regular inspection of dikes, will also be considered. Safer dikes are not only stronger but also smarter dikes.

More than two thirds of European cities have to deal with flood risk management issues on a regular basis; these are issues which will worsen as climate change effects result in more extreme conditions. Early Warning Systems (EWS) can play a crucial role in mitigating flood risk by detecting conditions and predicting the onset of a catastrophe before the event occurs, and by providing real time information during an event. EWSs thus fulfil multiple roles as general information systems, decision support systems and alarm systems for multiple stakeholders including government, companies and the general public. The UrbanFlood project will create an EWS framework that can be used to link sensors via the Internet to predictive models and emergency warning systems. The data collected from the sensors will be interpreted to assess the condition and likelihood of failure; different models will be used to predict the failure mode and subsequent potential inundation in near real time. Through the Internet, additional computer resources required by the framework are made available on demand.

Project information

Lead
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO (NL)VAN DEN AKKER-BLAAZER Elly
Partners

* SIEMENS OOO (RU) * AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISBAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE (PL) * UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM (NL) * STICHTING TOEGEPAST ONDERZOEK WATERBEHEER (NL) * HR WALLINGFORD LTD (UK)

Source of funding
FP 7

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Keywords

urban early warning system Adaptive capacity Knowledge exchange Risk assessment and uncertainties

Duration

2009/12/1-2012/11/30

Climate impacts

Flooding

Elements

Adaptation Measures and Actions, Observations and Scenarios, Adaptation Plans and Strategies

Sectors

Buildings, Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban, Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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