ITS3.13/HS12.5 | Citizen science for engagement in climate change and natural hazard management - tools and applications
EDI
Citizen science for engagement in climate change and natural hazard management - tools and applications
Convener: Julien Malard-Adam | Co-conveners: Pinhas Alpert, Ankit Agarwal, Paola Mercogliano, Massimo Milelli, Wietske Medema, Johanna Dipple
Orals
| Mon, 15 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST)
 
Room N2
Posters on site
| Attendance Tue, 16 Apr, 10:45–12:30 (CEST) | Display Tue, 16 Apr, 08:30–12:30
 
Hall A
Posters virtual
| Attendance Tue, 16 Apr, 14:00–15:45 (CEST) | Display Tue, 16 Apr, 08:30–18:00
 
vHall A
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Mon, 14:00
Tue, 10:45
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Citizen science, where people from outside academia contribute to data collection and/or analysis, comes in many forms, from the small-scale to very large-scale projects. In the context of hydrology and natural hazards, the value of such data lies in the high temporal and spatial resolution that can be obtained from such projects, as well as the improved relationships between communities and academia that arise from their participation and that can be used to improve both science and community preparedness. In this context, this session aims to bring together scientists and practionners working on citizen science tools in the fields of hydrology and natural hazards for use with concerned communities to share insights, challenges, and solutions.
General themes include :
• How can citizen science be used to both increase monitoring of natural hazards, as well as to increase community involvement and awareness?
• What data management approaches can be used to increase communities’ sovereignty and control over their data, as well as long-term project sustainability?
• What kind of participatory approaches exist to facilitate community involvement in different types of citizen science projects?
• How can academia’s often ingrained bias against data collected by non-academics be overcome?
• How can legitimate concerns about potential data biases, inaccuracies and long-term sustainability of citizen science projects be effectively addressed?
• How can distributed database technologies be used to both share and collect data in citizen science projects, and what major advantages and challenges does this bring?

Orals: Mon, 15 Apr | Room N2

Chairpersons: Pinhas Alpert, Julien Malard-Adam
14:00–14:05
Community engagement in citizen science
14:05–14:15
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EGU24-21142
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On-site presentation
Meriem Farah Hamamouche, Mohamed Amine Saidani, and Emanuele Fantini

The skills, knowledge, values and rules of common resources management, like surface and groundwater in the M’zab valley (Algeria), are transmitted for centuries from one generation to another orally and on the field through observation and participation in the agricultural and water distribution tasks from a very young age. However, the continuity of intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge faces challenges. Alterations of the water cycle related to climate change, mainly resulted in water scarcity, and technological transformations like the introduction of mechanised individual pumps, have disrupted the traditional collective organisation and challenged the intergenerational transmission of water management knowledge that prevailed in traditional systems. This has caused a loss of interest among the younger generation in their traditional knowledge around the governance of water resources. The participatory visual approach can facilitate community involvement in different citizen science projects. Our work explored how this approach can be used to address traditional knowledge holders’ concern about how to involve the younger generation in the groundwater management. We propose integrating different forms of knowledge- the research and video made by professional researchers, as well as the videos by four local scouts belonging to the M'zab oasis community.

The experience of participatory video enabled the four scouts to achieve three main things. Firstly, their involvement in concrete and practical projects enabled them to seek out information from knowledge holders from different backgrounds, deepen their own knowledge about the community-managed groundwater recharge and use system groundwater recharge and use system, acquire new skills (i.e. audio-visual and editing), express their perception and vision. Secondly, the four scouts used participatory video combining images and narrative to creatively and engagingly denounce two major environmental problems. Finally, the scouts used the potential of video to launch a call to action, building on the power of images and the emotions that those images can elicit.

Moreover, the interaction between research and artistic methods enables knowledge to be co-produced in a more dynamic and creative way. It also enables to overcome academia's bias against non-academic data. In our case study, the co-production of knowledge is crucial to raise awareness among young people. We believe that connecting different knowledge systems, traditional and scientific expertise, and emotions, can contribute to more sustainable governance of common resources like groundwater, by remembering the past, documenting the present and imagining the future.

How to cite: Hamamouche, M. F., Saidani, M. A., and Fantini, E.: Citizen science project in the M’zab valley oases (Algeria): Making groundwater management visible to young generations through the participatory visual approach, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-21142, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-21142, 2024.

14:15–14:25
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EGU24-11306
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On-site presentation
Sandra Vries and Arjan Droste

The Dutch citizen science project Delft Measures (https://bit.ly/DelftMeasures) focuses on the collaboration between citizens, local institutions, and NGOs to map the weather and changing climate in the city of Delft. It has been running for 4 years, during which citizens of Delft measure long-term changes in rainfall patterns, temperature, and now also soil moisture in their private gardens. Currently, there are over 45 of the Alecto WS5500 citizen-science weather stations spread across neighborhoods in Delft, capturing rainfall variability in different urban microclimates. But in the past years, more than 100 different inhabitants have already been engaged and have helped to collect data.

The data is used by a diverse number of organizations like the National Meteorological Institute, the Delft University of Technology and the Delft Municipality, to answer different scientific, engineering, or policy questions. We collaborate with multiple NGOs in project execution. Considering the diverse interests of all stakeholders, the project addresses a variety of goals from education to improving climate adaptation to implementing open science practices.

All in all, the project grew into a successful co-creation between many different partners. Delft Measures has been growing and changing and it managed to reach a consistent base of enthusiastic citizens that support the goals of the project, engaging them in making changes in the city for climate change adaptation. For Delft, as a city below sea level, this means a better drainage network to deal with the larger showers of summer rain, while retaining water during longer periods of drought. By setting up secure collaborations with the municipality and university, the data citizens collect is used as direct input for the (future) efficiency of the municipality’s city-wide sewer and drainage network. For the university, this is valuable for education and research into how city infrastructure influences local weather patterns and the variability of rainfall, to understand better where high-intensity rainfall events will have the highest effect. Currently, such high spatial resolution on rainfall in cities is scarce. Additionally, the project functions as a case study for the university’s Open Science program, aiming to evaluate the implementation of open science practices in local citizen science projects, while NGOs invested in climate change adaptation in the city roll up their sleeves to help citizens make the practical changes needed for our new climate.

We are currently in the process of writing down the ‘recipe’ of Delft Measures, to help other cities implement similar projects and not to have to reinvent the wheel. We would like to share this recipe during this session, where we will answer questions such as how we manage to collect useful information and increase community involvement and awareness, what kind of participatory approaches we implemented to facilitate community involvement, how we tackle legitimate concerns about potential data biases, inaccuracies and how we ensure the long-term sustainability of the project.

How to cite: Vries, S. and Droste, A.: The Delft Measures Recipe: how to implement a similar citizen science project in other cities, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-11306, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-11306, 2024.

14:25–14:35
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EGU24-15308
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On-site presentation
Alfredo Reder, Marianna Adinolfi, Marta Ellena, Marina Mattera, Paola Mercogliano, and Edoardo Zanchini Di Castiglionchio

Numerous obstacles hinder societal transformation toward a climate-resilient future, often rooted in underlying assumptions prevalent across various domains, including civil society, the public/private sector, and politics. AGORA is a HORIZON Europe project (Grant agreement ID: 101093921) whose aim is to support communities and regions to overcome these obstacles in climate change adaptation. It started in January 2023 and will have a total duration of 3 years.

This initiative supports the EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change through four main pillars:

  • Conduction four Pilots in different countries (i.e., Spain – Zaragoza; Italy – Rome; Sweden – Malmö; and Germany –Dresden), focusing on workshops and implementing co-creation strategies;
  • Developing improved strategies by understanding stakeholders' needs and climate change risks; over 50 cross-disciplinary stakeholders, including followers from non-Pilot countries like Portugal, are interested in applying the lessons learned;
  • Empowering local communities through societal transformation; it assesses learning tool needs, hosts workshops on pressing issues, and creates digital tools like a Digital Agora, two digital Academies, and an App – a challenging game for simultaneous entertainment and learning;
  • Evaluating climate change policies in different countries and designing adaptation strategies using participatory democratic.

In the last year, various activities took place in the four AGORA pilot regions, including inception workshops aimed at bringing together different stakeholders on climate adaptation. These workshops specifically focused on identifying vulnerability, risk drivers, and gaps in local adaptive capacity. The goal was to assess vulnerabilities to expected climate hazards, aligning adaptation priorities with the needs of local communities and fostering community strengthening.

Regarding the city of Rome, the inception workshop aligned with the development activities of the city’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The event aimed to foster a fruitful discussion among various local stakeholders regarding adaptation to the anticipated impacts of climate change across multiple sectors (Water - encompassing resource management, drought, and impacts related to precipitation; urban settlements; networks and infrastructure; cultural heritage; health; socioeconomic system; marine and coastal system; agricultural and livestock system; biodiversity and ecosystems). These sectors were identified as key areas most susceptible to risk during the formulation of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The objective was to define the main socioeconomic, structural, and environmental vulnerabilities, as well as the primary needs and critical issues related to the adaptive capacity of the territory and its citizens for each sector under examination.

Through a multidisciplinary, integrated approach, AGORA is a growing, dynamic, pan-European community that creates and shares advanced digital tools to enhance awareness. Informed citizens can actively participate and contribute to ensure safe and sustainable development. Hence the project is the meeting point where citizens share knowledge, practices, expertise and needs, interacting with sciences to design and build a more resilient Europe through a living dialogue between local communities.

How to cite: Reder, A., Adinolfi, M., Ellena, M., Mattera, M., Mercogliano, P., and Zanchini Di Castiglionchio, E.: AGORA as the bridge between local actors and communities: objectives and experiences in the Italian Pilot (the city of Rome), EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-15308, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-15308, 2024.

14:35–14:45
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EGU24-1681
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Virtual presentation
Teresa Carlone and Selene Tondini

Climate change poses a significant threat to the well-being of humanity, territories, and resources. In the city of Bologna, Italy, environmental, societal, and digital challenges mirror those experienced globally in urban spaces such as air pollution, and intense urban mobility stemming from escalating urbanization. Addressing these issues, the H2020 I-CHANGE project,  "Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition," aims to demonstrate the potential for collective behavioral change by actively engaging civil society in innovative citizen science initiatives (Goudeseune et al., 2020; Vohland, 2021). University of Bologna established the Bologna Living Lab, involving a broad network of stakeholders based on the Quintuple Helix of Innovation (Carayannis et al., 2012), to enhance awareness of climate change impacts in urban areas and encourage behavioral shifts toward more socially and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Despite ongoing scholarly debates surrounding the definition of citizen science and its capacity to generate accessible and democratic knowledge, the I-CHANGE project embraces a participatory approach. The research methodology incorporates serious game techniques, traditionally applied in educational contexts, to augment citizen science activities. These serious games, blending serious objectives with playful elements, create immersive and engaging experiences, motivating participants to actively contribute to scientific endeavors. This integration marks a paradigm shift in citizen science, fostering increased public involvement in data collection, analysis, and discussion of results, ultimately enhancing the identification of climate change-related phenomena (Wiggins and Crowston, 2011; Irwin et al., 2012). 

The Bologna Living Lab adopts a two-step research approach, utilizing surveys and serious game mapping activities. The focus is on urban mobility, with "Mani in Mappa!" initiative, to investigate how mobility strategies can induce behavioral change toward sustainable and low-emission options. Collaborative serious games are utilized to promote awareness of the need for accessible, equal, and fair public transport. This comprehensive research contributes significantly to understanding the multi-level dynamics of mobility systems. It incorporates social, economic, and technological variables and holds the potential to inform and guide sustainable urban development initiatives. Bologna Living Lab and the I-CHANGE project stand for and promote innovative solutions, leveraging citizen science and serious game methodologies to address critical issues and pave the way for a more sustainable future. 

How to cite: Carlone, T. and Tondini, S.: Game-Changing Cities: Toward Sustainable Transportation with Citizen Science in Bologna’s Living Lab , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-1681, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-1681, 2024.

14:45–14:55
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EGU24-19094
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On-site presentation
Marianna Adinolfi, Alfredo Reder, Paola Mercogliano, Andreas Hoy, Massimo Milelli, and Riccardo Biondi

The AGORA (https://adaptationagora.eu/) project aims to support communities and regions exploiting a broad range of approaches, mechanisms and initiatives to meaningfully and effectively engage citizens, civil society organisations, academics, experts, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, marginalities and other relevant actors in all the transformation steps towards a climate-resilient Europe. Beyond the state-of-the-art, AGORA aims to promote societal transformational processes through transdisciplinary tools and approaches in different social, economic and political contexts.  The ambition is to accelerate and enhance the adaptation process by sharing innovative problem-oriented climate adaptation solutions that could be widely adopted across Europe, considering societal transformations and the awareness that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. A set of pilot regions in Italy, Sweden, Germany, and Spain constitutes the co-production arena to co-design, co-develop, and co-implement climate adaptation solutions through specific-context in-person activities (for engagement, capacity building, governance and tackling disinformation). Regions and Communities joining the Mission on Adaptation will also be involved as followers feeding and learning from the AGORA initiative. A roadmap for transformative change and large-scale citizen engagement will be developed to transfer effective policy instruments and ensure a long-term legacy, promoting climate justice, gender equality and equity. AGORA's legacy will be to increase citizens' adaptive capacity and empowerment to proactively support decision-making processes and transformative potential to anticipate innovative behaviour. The pillar of the AGORA project consists in the Digital AGORA, an online space that supports citizens, local government, municipal services and networks, and communities to play a relevant and conscious role in co-developed decision-making processes. It will host two Digital Academies that will aspire to guide and support the targeted audiences to access and use Climate Data and to monitor Climate Risks, and to oppose Climate Change Disinformation. The main goal of the former Digital Academy is to facilitate access and usage of high quality, open source Climate Data as well as Climate Risks Data. The goal is achieved by mapping existing data, sources and platforms that will be gathered in “ad hoc built” inventories on climate data, adaptation and climate risk hubs. The second goal is to empower citizens, stakeholders and policy makers through technical reports and training documents on how to access and use climate data for adaptation. In this perspective, the Digital Academy is based on courses with key scientific information on the usage of climate data at different level of knowledge (entry, base and advanced level). The last goal is to promote information and initiatives fostering climate adaptation supported by citizen science activities. The Digital Academy to access and use Climate Data and to monitor Climate Risks is co-designed and co-developed in different public events, as ECCA (www.ecca2023.eu) and SISC conference 2023 (www.sisclima.it). Such events allowed to connect climate adaptation practitioners with the scientific community, to gather the users’ requirements and provide suggestions and ideas for the advancements in the building up of the Digital Academy.

How to cite: Adinolfi, M., Reder, A., Mercogliano, P., Hoy, A., Milelli, M., and Biondi, R.: Building up a Digital Academy in AGORA project to aware citizens, improve access to and use of climate data supporting adaptation, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-19094, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-19094, 2024.

14:55–15:05
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EGU24-7305
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On-site presentation
Laura Esbri, Yolanda Sola, Paola Barrera Bohórquez, Raül Marcos, Montserrat Llasat-Botija, Laura Ceraldi, and Maria Carmen Llasat

The city of Barcelona, like many urban centres, deals with the multifaceted challenges posed by air pollution. This abstract enlightens the pivotal role of citizen engagement and citizen science initiatives in catalysing awareness, understanding, and action against air pollution while addressing the broader context of climate change mitigation.

Barcelona's air quality is significantly impacted by anthropogenic activities. In 2022, population exposure to PM2.5 and NO2 tripled the health protection guidelines set by the WHO. Particulate matter concentrations returned to pre-pandemic levels and NO2 exceeded the legal limits in one district, averaging 42 µg/m3 annually (Rico et al., 2023). Long-term exposure to those levels is estimated to cause 1,500 deaths, 900 new childhood asthma cases, and 130 new lung cancer cases annually, with associate social costs over 1 billion and healthcare over 5 million euros. These pollutants not only pose immediate health risks but also contribute to the exacerbation of climate change. Urgent and stronger action is needed to reduce air pollution and safeguard public health.

Citizens, as stakeholders, are pivotal agents in effecting meaningful change. Citizen science initiatives, such as participatory monitoring networks and collaborative research endeavours, empower individuals to actively engage in collecting data, analysing trends, and disseminating information on air quality. This engagement not only fosters a deeper understanding of the intricacies of air pollution but also cultivates a sense of ownership and responsibility among citizens towards their environment. This is the goal of I-CHANGE Living Labs, to encourage behavioural changes and promote eco-friendly practices in everyday life, as individual actions to combat climate change and towards more sustainable patterns.

The Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events has partnered with schools of different socioeconomic backgrounds in Barcelona (as stakeholders and citizen scientists) to deploy six low-cost air quality sensors (Smart Citizen Kits) and five meteorological stations. This campaign has consisted of several implementation phases where the sensors were installed, teachers were trained, and workshops were carried out to develop curricular material for different primary and secondary school grades. Students work on projects to understand how the sensors work and the collected data. Within these projects, data is gathered for specific days when variations in pollution levels are observed. Differences between various neighbourhoods and districts (whit sensors) are compared. Students use this information to create hypotheses about potential causes and then try to verify them. Then they are encouraged to understand how air quality affects their daily life and what they and their families can do to improve it and become more resilient to climate change. This contribution shows the methodology followed to develop this collaboration and the different campaigns, the difficulties that had been overcame, and the potential of the co-creative process with schools

The I-CHANGE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement 101037193.

 

References:

Rico M, Font L, Arimon J, Gómez A, Realp E. Avaluació de la qualitat de l'aire a la ciutat de Barcelona 2022. Barcelona: Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona; 2023 (Catalan).

How to cite: Esbri, L., Sola, Y., Barrera Bohórquez, P., Marcos, R., Llasat-Botija, M., Ceraldi, L., and Llasat, M. C.: Citizen science in schools to take climate action: uneven air pollution concentrations in Barcelona, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-7305, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-7305, 2024.

Apps and technology for citizen science
15:05–15:15
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EGU24-1526
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On-site presentation
Peter Fischer-Stabel and Sascha Nau

Floods pose significant challenges to communities worldwide, necessitating effective hazard management strategies. Citizen science here emerges as a pivotal tool in amassing critical knowledge and experiences from local communities, offering an invaluable resource to bolster flood hazard management initiatives. It is able to serve as a conduit for integrating diverse local perspectives and experiences. Harnessing the collective wisdom of community members, who intimately understand the dynamics of their surroundings, becomes instrumental in comprehending flood patterns, vulnerabilities, and impacts and is able to enrich the database for hydrological and hydraulic modelling in the flood context. Nowadays, the advent of citizen science apps represents a paradigm shift in engaging and mobilizing local communities to actively participate in flood hazard management.

Within the framework of the BMBF R&D – Project “Urban Flood Resilience – Smart Tools (FloReST)” one tool developed was a SmartApp engaging local communities in the collection of flash flood related data and experiences. After the definition of the user requirements in collaboration with the local stakeholders, a first prototype was developed, engaging the citizens in the reference municipalities of the FloReST-project to organize App-Journeys collecting data in the field. Beside a description of the problem to be choosen from a predefined list of flood related grievances (e.g. drain blockages, faulty rakes, building activities changing the draining system), the Geolocation of the position, additional textual information, up to three images and a time stamp is collected and send via the smartphone to a Gesoserver at the Backend. There – located ideally at the responsible organizational unit for flood related activities, e.g. the building or the environmental authority- the incoming messages are stored in a database and visualized on a risk-map with different graphical signatures depending on the category of the problem reported. After having received the report, a notice confirming the reception of the message is automatically send back to the client. The SmartApp now is able to facilitate the data collection on flood occurrences, affected areas, and vulnerabilities. Integration of such data with existing models enhances the accuracy and precision of flood risk assessments, enabling authorities to develop targeted mitigation and response plans.

But, the idea behind this SmartApp is not only the collection of flood related local knowledge, moreover, this citizen science initiative intends to promote community engagement and empowerment, fostering a sense of responsibility among residents towards flood resilience.

However, several challenges exist in the implementation of citizen science for flood hazard management: Quality assurance and data reliability remain concerns, necessitating robust protocols for data validation and verification. In addition, the responsible authorities we discussed with were not very happy with that type of citizen science tools for deficiency reporting, because this will force them to action often not possible in a short time because of a lack in resources.

How to cite: Fischer-Stabel, P. and Nau, S.: Leveraging Citizen Science for Flood Hazard Management: Harnessing Local Knowledge and Experience, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-1526, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-1526, 2024.

15:15–15:25
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EGU24-16082
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On-site presentation
Armin Moghimi and Mario Welzel

RiverSnap is a citizen science project as part of the joint project “Zukunftslabor Wasser” that transforms smartphones into measuring instruments for monitoring and analyzing river parameters, responsive to water level changes, natural hazards (e.g., floods), and anthropogenic-induced alterations. A robust stainless-steel smartphone frame is strategically located on or near a bridge for convenient public access to capture river images. This frame facilitates precise image positioning, enabling the capture of river scene images of a predefined and referenced river area that can be uploaded to a centralized database, shared on social media, or sent via email. This collaborative endeavor establishes a community-driven repository documenting river changes over time. Due to water's dynamic nature and structural and sky reflections in close-range images, the RiverSnap project utilizes and develops novel Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to extract and predict hydrologic parameters and features.

These advanced algorithms are crucial in detecting water lines, determining positions, and mapping various riverine features with scientific precision. Through this sophisticated technology, RiverSnap transforms community snapshots and additional measurements into a valuable resource for scientifically assessing and understanding alterations in the river environment. As the AI models are data-hungry, RiverSnap is diligently creating benchmark datasets for river water, facilitating the development and training of robust machine learning algorithms. These datasets serve as comprehensive references, allowing the AI models to enhance their understanding of various hydrological patterns, ultimately improving the accuracy and effectiveness of river parameter predictions and feature extractions.

Established in 2023 in Hannover, Germany, the RiverSnap station network has observed significant growth, now covering four monitoring locations around Hannover. Recognizing the pivotal role of detecting the water surface area in approximating riverine parameters, we have developed and implemented various advanced Deep Learning (DL) models for water body segmentation. As part of this initiative, a novel river water dataset named RiverSnap.v1, including 1092 images, has been introduced and is constantly updated. Additionally, various methods have been investigated to geo-reference the analyzed results. In a straightforward approach, artificial or natural markers, such as specific locations of objects around the river or on bridges, were measured with geomatics tools like GNSS receivers and total stations. The DL-extracted water surface was then georeferenced based on these markers to obtain results like the water level. A 3D terrain model derived from LiDAR data or photogrammetric techniques like Structure from Motion (SfM) can be utilized for Geo-referencing parameters and results in more advanced scenarios. This allows for automatically assigning absolute coordinates to each image and subsequent camera pose estimation.

Examples of practical applications of RiverSnap include monitoring high-frequency water level and water line changes and morphological changes in rivers, lakes, wetlands, and urban areas. Additionally, RiverSnap is instrumental in monitoring extended flood areas and observing the time sequence of a flooding event, as demonstrated in data of a German flood of 01/2024.

Funding: This study was performed as part of the joint research project „Zukunftslabor Wasser“ funded by the Lower-Saxon Ministry of Research and Culture (FKZ: 11-76251-1873/2022 (ZN3994))

How to cite: Moghimi, A. and Welzel, M.: RiverSnap: A citizen science project to monitor and Analyse riverine hydrological parameters from close-range remote sensing images, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-16082, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-16082, 2024.

15:25–15:35
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EGU24-20151
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Virtual presentation
Nicola Loglisci, Antonella Galizia, Antonio Parodi, Timoteo Galia, Juri Iurato, and Roberto Monni

Meteorology and climatology have their foundations in the observation of the main meteorological variables. They constitute an essential tool for understanding the meteorological situation in operational forecasting activity, for the construction of the initial conditions for numerical integration in both deterministic and probabilistic models, as well as for the construction of time series for climate analysis.

Moreover, the assimilation of local meteorological observations to the global observational network, plays a crucial role in refining meteorological predictions.

I-CHANGE project offers an in-depth exploration of Citizen Science, emphasizing the use of innovative instrumentation to actively engage citizens in collecting meteorological data. Through the use of advanced sensors, mobile apps, and emerging technologies such as Meteotracker, our project aims to transform individuals into true "citizen scientists," making a significant contribution to the understanding of atmospheric phenomena.

We present a case study illustrating the integration of state-of-the-art instrumentation with community participation in Living Labs, highlighting how Citizen Science can enrich meteorological research. We discuss the challenges and opportunities of this approach, emphasizing the validity of community-collected data and its impact on the accuracy of local weather forecasts.

How to cite: Loglisci, N., Galizia, A., Parodi, A., Galia, T., Iurato, J., and Monni, R.: Citizen Science in Meteorology: Enhancing weather understanding through innovative instrumentation and community engagement, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-20151, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20151, 2024.

15:35–15:45
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EGU24-19298
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On-site presentation
Ho Tin Hung, Daniel Pearce, Li-Pen Wang, Susana Ochoa-Rodriguez, and Amy Jones

River pollution is a global challenge recognized as unacceptable by citizens. Despite increasing awareness and investment in river water quality monitoring worldwide, current monitoring strategies fail to well characterise river health. In particular, the spatial and temporal resolution at which river health is currently monitored is insufficient and falls short to identify e.g., pollution spikes and point pollution sources. At the same time, the rise in citizen engagement in river monitoring, driven by increased awareness and widespread availability of smart phones and other monitoring technologies, has generated opportunities to overcome current monitoring barriers. 

 

In this paper, we share our experience collaborating with the community group Friends of Bradford’s Becks (FoBB, UK) to use citizen-collected photos for AI-based detection of health indicators, leading to enhanced river health management. More specifically, FoBB has collected around 100,000 photos of the streams that flow through and under Bradford. These images offer insights into the health of the becks, including specific pollution issues such as discharging overflows, sewage litter, discolouration, amongst other things, as well as how pollution has changed in time and space. The number of photos makes analysis challenging. In this project, we used AI models for automatic image labelling and prototyped several landing solutions for embedding the labelling model into a tool usable by citizens.

 

The project was initially set up in a Hackathon, funded by Natural England, and aimed to develop solutions using AI models. The landing solutions employed classification and object detection deep learning models to assist citizens by offering automatic detection of river health indicators. This not only reduces the cost of reporting but also improves the quality of reporting with comprehensive labels. Through community engagement, high spatio-temporal resolution data can be collected from citizens to fill the data gaps, including pollution levels, natural habitat conditions, and biodiversity. Additionally, while collecting the data, the deep learning models can be further fine-tuned to better assist citizens and managers in river health assessment and management. In summary, the project presents a holistic approach to river health management, combining the strengths of AI with the insights and engagement of local communities. The success of this approach in Bradford offers a template for similar initiatives globally, marking a step towards more informed and responsive river health management strategies.

How to cite: Hung, H. T., Pearce, D., Wang, L.-P., Ochoa-Rodriguez, S., and Jones, A.: Eyes on the Water: Leveraging Citizen Photos and AI for River Health Assessment and Management, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-19298, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-19298, 2024.

Posters on site: Tue, 16 Apr, 10:45–12:30 | Hall A

Display time: Tue, 16 Apr 08:30–Tue, 16 Apr 12:30
Chairpersons: Massimo Milelli, Julien Malard-Adam
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Reza Pramana, Runi Asmaranto, Tri Budi Prayogo, Daru Rini, Schuyler Houser, and Maurits Ertsen

Data scarcity and dispersion are pervasive challenges facing water and environmental managers in many contexts. Such is the case in the Brantas River basin in East Java, Indonesia, where water quality monitoring data and information on pollution sources and attendant management solutions has historically been dispersed and, therefore, challenging to apply in both research and policy analysis. In 2022, a multistakeholder project team launched a citizen science campaign and online data platform, BrantaSae, focusing on water quality monitoring in the Brantas catchment (approximately 12.000 km2). We enabled a local university to host this water quality database. Different communities and students of the local university itself were approached to contribute to this database through training sessions on how to upload, share, and oversee their data. In addition to facilitating the exchange of data, the platform allows communities and researchers to share challenges and solutions related to water quality improvement. BrantaSae serves as a potential clearinghouse for future collaboration and continuous learning amogst universities, communities, and other stakeholders including the local governmental agencies, emphasizing knowledge sharing in fostering a collaborative and informed community. As this research project concludes in 2024, it underscores the ongoing importance of BrantaSae in continuing to map water quality to expand our comprehension of the water quality in the catchment.

How to cite: Pramana, R., Asmaranto, R., Prayogo, T. B., Rini, D., Houser, S., and Ertsen, M.: BrantaSae: Sustaining Community-Driven Water Quality Sharing in the Brantas Catchment, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-12308, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-12308, 2024.

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Paola Barrera Bohórquez, Laura Esbri, Llorenç Puig, Marc Fernàndez, Helena Lasheras, Montserrat Llasat-Botija, and Carmen Llasat

There is a trend of increasing population in urban coastal municipalities in Mediterranean Regions. Particularly, Barcelona, with 160 inhabitants/ha in a surface of 10135,3 ha, can be considered as a Mediterranean coastal megacity.

This huge urban growth in the recent years implies an increase in vulnerability against global warming and climate change. Recent reports had stressed that the annual average temperature of the Mediterranean coast is already 1.5ºC higher than in pre-industrial times. That widespread warming will continue during the 21st century, surpassing the global average by 20% annually and 50% in summer (MedECC 2020). On the other hand, temperatures can vary within cities, influenced by urban morphology, surface cover, materials, structure, and population activity (Aslam & Ahmad Rana, 2022). A better understanding of the effects of those parameters on the city temperature and its thermal comfort is a key to increase the resilience of the citizens against global warming.

The I-CHANGE project seeks to raise awareness and promote changes of habits among citizens to mitigate and better adapt to climate change. It involves the citizens in science activities of collecting and understanding environmental data considering their physical, socioeconomic, and cultural context. The campaign presented here was designed by the Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events coordinated by the ICHANGE team of the University of Barcelona. It was scheduled for August 2023 and February 2024. Three citizen volunteers (coauthors in this paper) supervised by the UB team carried out this campaign in Barcelona and two coastal and touristic municipalities (Castelldefels, and Malgrat de Mar) located near the capital.

The volunteers guided by the Barcelona Living Lab technicians worked to design two bicycle routes through their city that they would feel comfortable repeating several times. One route had to be along the coast and the other moving away from it. They used MeteoTrackers on a bicycle to collect temperature, pressure, and humidity data along the transects. Each route was covered on three different days during the summer, one time in the morning and another at night, resulting in a total of 12 transects in each municipality. The routes are expected to be repeated between January and February to collect winter data.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage citizens to reflect on the temperature variation along the Mediterranean coast and the influence of urban characteristics, using urban classifications such as Local Climate Zones. The analysis will also focus on the differences between the three closely located coastal municipalities and the volunteers will have an active role in the data treatment and data visualization process.

The I-CHANGE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement 101037193.

 

References:

Aslam, A., & Ahmad Rana, I. (2022). The use of local climate zones in the urban environment: A systematic review of data sources, methods, and themes. Elsevier.

MedECC 2020. (2020). Resumen de MedECC 2020 para los responsables de la formulación de políticas. Obtenido de https://www.medecc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/MedECC_MAR1_SPM_SPA.pdf

How to cite: Barrera Bohórquez, P., Esbri, L., Puig, L., Fernàndez, M., Lasheras, H., Llasat-Botija, M., and Llasat, C.: Towards the European Green Deal. Improving awareness through citizen science campaign on extreme temperatures in the I-CHANGE Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-2142, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-2142, 2024.

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Josip Brajkovic, Sébastien Doutreloup, Nicolas Ghilain, Pierre Archambeau, Michel Pirotton, Kobe Vandelnotte, Fien Serras, and Xavier Fettweis

The July 2021 rainfall event that affected western Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium was of unprecedented intensity, reaching 170 mm of daily totals in some places. To estimate the probability of such events in the near and far future (up to 2100), the regional climate model MAR is used to run simulations at a resolution of 5 km. For this purpose, MAR is coupled with a set of 4 CMIP6 Earth System Models (ESMs) for 4 IPCC SSP scenarios over an area encompassing Belgium and Luxembourg.

An extreme value analysis is applied to the output for the period 1980-2100 for different rainfall durations (1 to 5 days). Our results show that such extreme precipitation events remain extreme throughout the century, but the probability of their occurrence increases by an order of 10 or more in the most pessimistic scenario. However, our analysis suggests that methodological choices can have a major impact on the results. In particular, the Peak Over Threshold approach shows larger changes in frequency than the Annual Maxima  approach, with less uncertainty in the results due to larger sample sizes of extreme events.

 

How to cite: Brajkovic, J., Doutreloup, S., Ghilain, N., Archambeau, P., Pirotton, M., Vandelnotte, K., Serras, F., and Fettweis, X.: Will extreme precipitation events like July 2021 become more frequent in the future? Insights from Belgium using MAR , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-9460, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-9460, 2024.

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EGU24-4557
Pinhas Alpert, Yoav Rubin, Gabriel Densy Campos1, Konstantin Romantso, Nitsa Haikin, Amnon Stupp, and Pavel Kishcha

The I-CHANGE (Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition, 2021-2025) project promotes the active participation of citizens to address climate change. It engages citizens and local stakeholders to take part in science initiatives and support more sustainable behaviour. To this aim, a set of Living Labs located in very different eight cities of socio-economic contexts (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Dublin, Genova, Hasselt, Jerusalem and Ouagadougou), were chosen. The I-CHANGE Living Labs address different environmental issues comprising: (i) extreme events, mainly focusing on heavy rainfall, and heat waves, (ii) air pollution & linkages with sustainable transport, (iii) the water cycle and (iv) Waste Management.

Here, the implementation plan for JLL (Jerusalem Living Lab) of the eight Living Lab in the project, is presented. In JLL our main expertise is Atmosphere sciences and Commercial Microwave Links (CML), a new tool for environmental monitoring. The major partner is the Jerusalem municipality interested in mapping urban shadow cover especially over the routes children take to school (summer temperatures reach 40+C). Another partner is the Jerusalem Science Museum which has the joint goal with Tel Aviv University to increase the scope to meteorological parameters and air pollution as well as the Discomfort index for the school routes. In addition, Mapping of Jerusalem LL high-resolution abovementioned variables, particularly humidity from both CMLs (Rubin etal, 2023) and Meteotrackers that measure solar insolation (Alpert, BAMS,1991).

Jerusalem City is unique in its diversity of populations with ~million inhabitants and is located at the border of Mediterranean climate with a significant
variability between the coastal area, including Jerusalem City (annual rainfall~200-700 mm) and the most arid zone of the Dead Sea, 20-30 km to the east (annual rainfall ~50 mm). The spatial-temporal variation of rainfall intensity is the main and not well-known driver that generates the majority of flash floods in the nearby Judean Desert. Hence, its monitoring is crucial in this area as in other remote arid areas worldwide.

Recently, extensive research was performed related to global warming potential risks and their effects on rainfall and temperature over the East Mediterranean. Several major risks were pointed out including extreme temperatures, heat waves, colder nights, and floods. Our first super-high-resolution global climate model projections projected that the ancient “Fertile Crescent” considered as the cradle of civilization, will nearly disappear by the year 2100 (Kitoh et al. 2008). Also, Jerusalem temperatures both maximum and minimum, show that significant increases occurred during 1950-2020 (homogenized dataset, Yosef et al., 2019). A fact that led to definition of the Mediterranean as a “Hot Spot” of global warming.

I-CHANGE is funded by EU Horizon 2020 grant 101037193.

References:

Kitoh, A. Yatagai and P. Alpert, Hydrolo. Res. Lett., 2, 1-4, 2008.

Rubin, Y.; Sohn, S.; Alpert, P. High-Resolution Humidity Observations Based on Commercial Microwave Links (CML) Data—Case of Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. Remote Sens. 2023, 15, 345. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15020345.

Y. Yosef, E. Aguilar and P. Alpert, "Changes in Extreme Temperature and Precipitation Indices: Using an Innovative Daily Homogenized Database in Israel". International Journal of Climatology, 1–24.  https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6125‏, 2019.

How to cite: Alpert, P., Rubin, Y., Densy Campos1, G., Romantso, K., Haikin, N., Stupp, A., and Kishcha, P.: Challenges in climate change impact and risks in Jerusalem by the I-CHANGE Jerusalem Living Lab citizens science, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-4557, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-4557, 2024.

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Paola Salvati, Giuseppe Esposito, Simone Facchinetti, Ivan Marchesini, Umberto Mezzacapo, Simone Sterlacchini, Debora Voltolina, and Antonella Galizia

Citizen science is increasingly used to engage the public in scientific processes to raise awareness and promote actions towards climate change and sustainability. In addition, citizen science initiatives allow the creation of multidisciplinary contexts engaging citizens, and also stakeholders, to foster scientific awareness and active participation to the definition of adaptation actions. With this vision in mind, this abstract describes the citizen science activities set in the municipality of Chiavari (Genoa metropolitan area), where different agreements have been signed with the municipal administration, municipal Civil Protection and two high schools to launch training programs started in May 2023. 
The training activities consider the use of a webapp for landslides and flood reporting to describe past geo-hydrological events. The webapp provides a form aimed at describing the characteristics (speed of the run, height of the water, etc.) a specific phenomenon occurred in a specific date; the output result is a map of the reports. The webapp is based on KoboToolbox, an open source software to create reports and geolocating entities, and students exploit it through their mobiles, and/or the device they prefer. A first field campaign was organized to collect local data and experiences via interviews (and storytelling) with local persons; the campaign was highly impacting for the students since there were also able to reconstruct a local historical memory. In a following meeting, students accessed (via QRcode) videos and/or images of the event with the aim of locate the site observed in the images/videos and compared their map with ARPAL official observation of the event. 
The presentation will outline the entire initiative, from the engagement to the webapp while reporting how the historical local interviews emphasized the actual impact of climate change in our own urban environments. The work is developed within the H2020 projects I-CHANGE (Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition).

How to cite: Salvati, P., Esposito, G., Facchinetti, S., Marchesini, I., Mezzacapo, U., Sterlacchini, S., Voltolina, D., and Galizia, A.: Bringing the gap among citizens and ICT tools through storytelling to testify the local impacts of climate change during time, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-17417, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-17417, 2024.

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EGU24-20111
Supporting the validation of low water models with crowdsourced data from citizen science projects
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Maximilian Deharde, Frank Fuchs-Kittowski, Tim Seegert, Ruben Müller, and Bernd Pfützner
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Solveig Havstad Winsvold, Jørgen Loe Kvalberg, Aron Widforss, Øystein Myhre, Rune Verpe Engeset, and Tore Humstad

The Varsom platform has been a success in Norway for more than a decade, with users from organizations and the public. It fosters a participatory approach encompassing recreational activities, hazard assessments, emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and forecasting. Here, we will present Varsom Regobs (Registering of Observations), an innovative crowd-sourced system within Varsom enabling registration, sharing, querying, and real-time storage and publication of field observations. Varsom Regobs aids decision-making for the warning services on snow avalanches, landslides, lake ice, and floods at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Users utilize the Varsom app, website (www.regobs.no), and API to submit and retrieve diverse in-situ observations on the categories snow, ice, water, and soil, tailoring the level of detail. The app has gained widespread recognition within the community, boasting over 120,000 unique visitors between October 2023 and January 2024. In 2023 alone, a total of 22,000 observations across all categories were submitted. The app and website, available in multiple languages, have gained traction in numerous European countries, recording 500 observations outside Norway in 2023 thanks to the open-access policy.

One successful aspect of enhancing natural hazard and hydrology monitoring has been the reciprocal engagement with users, and specific examples showcasing this will be provided. To address trust issues regarding non-academic observers, a star-based quality system has been implemented, aligning with an observer's training courses. Moreover, all users must possess an NVE-account login to submit their observations. Other challenges, such as managing spam-like entries and delicately targeting and engaging specific user groups for each category, will also be highlighted.

Examples demonstrating the combined usage of the in-situ Varsom Regobs component, NVE's forecasting models, and NVE’s operational products derived from Copernicus satellite data will be showcased. The Regobs API v.5 ensures the utilization of observations in scientific projects by research institutes and universities. Varsom Regobs stands as a sustained citizen science initiative due to its integration into Norway's operational warning services, serving as an exemplary model for long-term engagement and collaboration.

How to cite: Winsvold, S. H., Kvalberg, J. L., Widforss, A., Myhre, Ø., Engeset, R. V., and Humstad, T.: The Varsom Regobs System: Enhancing Natural Hazard Forecasting, Community Preparedness and Recreational Outdoor Activities through In-situ Crowd-Sourcing Observations , EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-12303, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-12303, 2024.

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Alessio Polvani, Amedeo Boldrini, Luisa Galgani, and Steven Arthur Loiselle

Citizen science involves the participation of the public in research projects to enhance scientific knowledge. This kind of activities could bring advantages on the scientific, societal, educational and policy making levels. In the last decade, the breakout of citizen science has raised awareness across all segments of society. Major companies have begun actively participating in public participatory monitoring projects. In this case study, the University of Siena, Legambiente, and the Prada Group joined forces to support a freshwater monitoring project in an industrial area. 

The monitoring is conducted using the FreshWater Watch methodology, a well-established and scientifically validated approach used by citizens worldwide. This approach is based on visual observations and on the analysis of target freshwater parameters like nutrients and turbidity. Additionally, samples are also taken for ICP-MS analysis to provide a spatial coverage of metals presence in freshwaters. 

The project, started in October 2023, has so far proven successful in engaging stakeholders from environmental associations and workers of a renowned fashion brand, thus already providing valuable data from freshwater bodies in an industrial and urbanized area. The surveys, which will last for a year at least, are mostly conducted in the Valdarno region (Tuscany, Italy) on the Arno River and its tributaries and the data collected can be potentially used to support environmental agencies monitoring strategies.

This talk will present analytical methods and results from the surveys up to now (> 100), and will discuss how the data collected are not only scientifically useful, but also demonstrate an important societal impact of the project and an active stewardship of aquatic ecosystems by the participating stakeholders.

How to cite: Polvani, A., Boldrini, A., Galgani, L., and Loiselle, S. A.: A Freshwater Conservation project: A Joint initiative between academia, environmental associations and companies., EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-20663, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20663, 2024.

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Sally Rangecroft and Caroline Clason

Scientific research around water security and water quality in the Peruvian Andes often excludes local perspective and knowledge, yet local water users not only directly depend on local water sources, but are also sensitive to changes in water availability, quality, and ecosystems over time. Increasing community involvement and representation is essential for improved understanding and more holistic, sustainable water resource management, however more participatory approaches with local communities often have a myriad of logistical and project constraints. Through a small GCRF funded pilot study, as part of an interdisciplinary and international research team we created and rolled out a smartphone photo elicitation app, “Nuestro Rio”, as a novel tool to gather insights into local perceptions of water quality in the Rio Santa basin, Peruivan Andes (2020-2022). Here we consider the ability of technological approaches such as our Nuestro Rio app to help address some key issues and improve research outcomes to the benefit of the research team and local communities, whilst reflecting on the challenges experienced. Sharing the lessons learnt from pilot projects like Nuestro Rio can help contribute to the growing dialogue on citizen science and participatory approaches, whilst also providing support and guidance for those currently planning or exploring similar research tools and projects.

How to cite: Rangecroft, S. and Clason, C.: Lessons from the Nuestro Rio app: Reflections on exploring local perspectives on water quality in the Peruvian Andes, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-17217, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-17217, 2024.

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Giorgio Boni, Arianna Cauteruccio, Francesco Faccini, Nicola Loglisci, Guido Paliaga, and Antonio Parodi

Short-duration and high-intensity rainfall events in the Mediterranean region, enhanced by climate change, produce floodings in cities characterized by a limited extension of the urban catchment area, a high percentage of impervious surfaces and the inefficiency of the urban drainage system. In the present work the historic center of the city of Genoa (Italy) was assumed as a case study. In this area, the spatial variability of intense rainfall events is significant, even across a limited portion of the territory as demonstrated by analysing five rainfall time series (12 years of data) recorded at high-resolution from authoritative rain gauges.

A specific rainfall event that produced floodings on August 27th - 28th, 2023, is analysed with particular focus on the synoptic and mesoscale analysis and assessing the contribution of citizen science rain gauge stations (provided by Acronet network, see e.g., Fedi et al., 2013) to detect the magnitude and spatial distribution of this event.  The comparison between cumulated rain as recorded by the authoritative and citizen science networks shows that the convective nature of the phenomenon results in extremely diverse effects on the territory with very localized intense showers.

The introduction of citizen science observations allowed a better understanding of the spatiotemporal structure of the investigated rainfall event that caused flooding in the study area. In the future, a more structured use of this information, associated to appropriate validation procedures, can provide a fundamental contribution to risk management in densely urbanized areas such as the historic centers of many Mediterranean coastal cities.

Fedi, A., Ferrari, D., Lima, M., Pintus, F., Versace, C., Boni, G., (2013). The “ACRONET paradigm”, an “open hardware” project. Open Water Journal, 2(1), 7.

This study was carried out within the RETURN Extended Partnership and received funding from the European Union Next-GenerationEU (National Recovery and Resilience Plan – NRRP, Mission 4, Component 2, Investment 1.3 – D.D. 1243 2/8/2022, PE0000005) and from the European Union's Horizon 2020 I-CHANGE project ( https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101037193).

How to cite: Boni, G., Cauteruccio, A., Faccini, F., Loglisci, N., Paliaga, G., and Parodi, A.: The role of citizen science to assess the spatiotemporal pattern of rainfall events in urban areas: a case study in the city of Genoa, Italy, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-15715, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-15715, 2024.

Posters virtual: Tue, 16 Apr, 14:00–15:45 | vHall A

Display time: Tue, 16 Apr 08:30–Tue, 16 Apr 18:00
Chairpersons: Johanna Dipple, Paola Mercogliano
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ஆனந்தராஜா (Anandaraja) நல்லுசாமி (Nallusamy), Julien Malard-Adam, Ponnusamy Murugan Prithivimangalam, Senthilkumar Manivasagam, and Jaisridhar Palanivelan

Data science and information technologies hold great promise for better decision-making in agriculture, from post-harvest management to value addition, market access and exports. Farmers in India can be reached by different ways, including written and voice messages, pre-recorded videos, and online workshops, each of which must be underpinned by diverse datasets and databases in order to be successful.

In the face of climate and environmental change, national and regional governments are currently encouraging the adoption of micro-irrigation for water conservation and the expansion of irrigated areas in India. At the same time, communities in rain-fed areas must use local water bodies and ponds to store and later use water from heavy rainfall for later irrigation. Meaningful participation of rural communities in development programmes, protection of water resources and agricultural technology adoption is crucial to ensuring societal change. At the same time, data collection and appropriate outreach strategies are necessary in order for this level participation to be possible.

Integrated and diverse database technological stacks can therefore be used to reach farmers and provide appropriate recommendations for field management even in regions without reliable internet connections. The approaches used must be simple for agricultural students, officers, and university researchers to reach farmers and the general population, and should include a variety of computer software, cellphone and virtual communication channels.

How to cite: நல்லுசாமி (Nallusamy), ஆ. (., Malard-Adam, J., Prithivimangalam, P. M., Manivasagam, S., and Palanivelan, J.: Citizen science and Databases in Agriculture, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-22235, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-22235, 2024.

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Francesca Munerol, Antonio Parodi, Lara Polo, Massimo Milelli, Nicola Loglisci, Nadia Rania, Fabrizio Bracco, and Ilaria Coppola

Environmental education (EE) programs are critically important. The EE within the EU Project "I-CHANGE" (https://ichange-project.eu/) aims at global citizenship, in order to generate new knowledge and new, more participatory and conscious ways of acting in the environment. The present study aims to verify the effectiveness of a training intervention based on education on the issues of climate change and on the active participation of the subjects in the small psychological group. 309 students participated in the intervention, equally distributed by gender (52.1% males), 64.4% enrolled in primary school and 35.6% enrolled in lower secondary school. A quantitative protocol was administered to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. The study shows an increase in pro-environmental behaviors and their stability even after 15-30 days. The intervention appears to be effective in triggering pro-environmental behaviors and maintaining them over time. The results of this study highlight the need to develop environmental education programs in schools to increase levels of knowledge and awareness on the topic of climate change.

How to cite: Munerol, F., Parodi, A., Polo, L., Milelli, M., Loglisci, N., Rania, N., Bracco, F., and Coppola, I.: Can climate change training promote pro-environmental behavior in the long term? A pilot study with teenagers, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-6110, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-6110, 2024.