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FloodCitiSense Co-Creation Workshop 2

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Christ Church, Selly Park

953 Pershore Road

Birmingham

B29 7PS

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The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Imperial College London, is inviting you to a co-creation workshop for FloodCitiSense an EU project, on Wednesday, 29 November from either 14:00-15:30 or 16:30 – 18:00 at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Birmingham, B29 7PS.

FloodCitiSense “Early warning service for urban pluvial floods for and by citizens and city authorities” is a project that aims at developing an urban pluvial early warning service, not only for, but also by, citizens and city authorities.

Selly Park South has been chosen from across the UK as the pilot area to develop an early warning flood system FloodCitiSense in the UK, together with partner cities in Rotterdam and Brussels. This initial meeting will introduce you to the project and how it could affect you over the next 3 years.

As a stakeholder in flood risk management/the local area, we would like you to join us for the initial meeting. This will be your chance to learn more about the project and identify ways in which you could contribute to the project moving forward. I’m sure you will agree that given the flood history of this location and its vulnerability to extreme weather events this provides an exciting opportunity to look at how early warnings of severe rainfall could benefit this type of urban area. Please feel free to forward the invitation to any other stakeholders from your organisation.

The mission of FloodCitiSense is to ‘develop an urban pluvial flood warning service, which is co-created with and for citizens and city authorities, and builds upon state-of the-art knowledge, methodologies and smart technologies provided by the consortium partners’. The early warning service should reduce the vulnerability of urban areas and citizens to pluvial floods. The project aims to integrate crowd sourced hydrological data of local stakeholders through a citizen science approach, and supplementing this knowledge with low-cost sensors and web-based technologies.

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About 500 million people live in cities in Europe, most of which are critically vulnerable to extreme weather events, as demonstrated by recent pluvial and fluvial flooding in Northern and Central Europe, which have caused massive damages and losses worth billions of euros. Reliable urban flood forecasting and early warning services play a crucial role in reducing such impacts. With the continuous rise of urbanization and intensified rainfall due to climate change, such a service is sure to become more important in future years.

Surface water flooding (also known as pluvial floods) occurs when heavy rainfall exceeds the capacity of a city’s drainage system. Due to their fast onset and localized nature, such floods cause significant damage to urban environments and are difficult to manage. Monitoring and management of city flooding events are often in the hands of local authorities, with citizens playing a passive role. This project proposes an interactive and cooperative framework consisting of citizens, local authorities, research units, and industrial partners working together to improve the monitoring and management of pluvial urban flooding. Citizens are no longer considered passive, potential victims of flooding, but engaged and active contributors in the process of flood monitoring and mapping. The involvement of citizens will enable better simulation and forecasting of flood events, while enhancing awareness and, ultimately, resilience.

FloodCitiSense is funded by

ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures Local Funding Agency – FFG

Project Coordinator

Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Dept. of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering


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