Urban climate resilience through participatory risk management systems
The Citizen Sensing project addresses the potential of engaging citizens as providers of local observations of climate impacts and as receivers of site-specific information on local conditions and actions to increase urban climate resilience. CitizenSensing develops a Participatory Risk Management System (PRMS) that incorporates site specific information, links to existing guidelines on urban climate risk management and adaptation, and functions as an integrative Climate Service platform for citizens and local organizations. It will analyse if, how and to what extent the system has potential to increase engagement, preparedness and appropriate responses by citizens and authorities in different European contexts – with pilots in the cities of Porto, Rotterdam, Trondheim and Norrköping.
The Participatory Risk Management Systemis co-designed with local authorities, organisations and end-users and tested during campaigns with different user groups.
The system allows different types of communication:end-users send observations of climate impacts, interact with sensors and receive adaptation recommendations from the Participatory Risk Management System
A system of this typehas potential to change the mind-sets of citizens, authorities and policy-makers as to who and how information is collected and shared.
I am Tina-Simone Neset, Associate Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change; Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University in Sweden. My scientific areas of interest related to this project are the potential of visualization and interactive applications to increase citizen engagement and to co-create knowledge with various types of end-users and other stakeholders in different European urban contexts.
Lead Partner is Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Sweden. The university is in charge of Project Management, Communication and Synthesis, and co-leading the work on Pilot
Study Setup, Participatory Processes, and Evaluation as well as the sensor development. It is responsible for the Norrköping Pilot.
University of Porto, The Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment (CITTA), Portugal is co-leading Pilot study setup, Participatory Process and Evaluation. University of Porto is responsible for the Porto Pilot. Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway co-leads the Interactive Applications and Databases as well as the Sensor Development. It is responsible for the Trondheim Pilot. Deltares, Netherlands, is co-leading the work package on Interactive Applications and Databases. It is responsible for the Rotterdam Pilot.
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