Imploding the Post-Disaster Information Vacuum
SEMINAR SERIES 01
Imploding the Post-Disaster Information Vacuum: Crowd-sourcing a real-time flood map for Indonesia
Dr. Tomas Holderness, MIT Urban Risk Lab
As megacity infrastructures are increasingly inundated by extreme weather events, new strategies for information collection, gathering and response are required to increase the resilience of cities to climate-induced disasters. This seminar will present the free and open source software CogniCity as a digital infrastructure for climate adaptation and disaster response. First deployed in Jakarta, Indonesia, CogniCity forms a communication architecture that enables a multi-modal and real-time information mesh between residents and response agencies to optimise detection, verification and response of monsoon flood events. In the third iteration of CogniCity, 2017 will see the expansion of the software and interoperability across Indonesia for national-scale disaster management, building on the lessons and analysis gleaned from the previous two monsoon seasons which saw more than 6,000 resident reports contribute to a real-time flood depth model, in the world’s second largest urban area.