Europe and the risks of climate change

Published: 2 May 2017

Deltares will soon be launching two projects as part of the EU JPI Climate programme: Citizen Sensing and EVOKED. Both projects are about coping with the risks resulting from climate change.

Citizen Sensing – local people share information

People living in cities must be enabled to take their own decisions about their safety, health and welfare during emergencies. What can they do themselves when there is flooding or air pollution? The outcome of the project will be a participative risk-management system to which local people can contribute the required information themselves, and where they can also find the information they need.

They will be able to use a dedicated app to send photos, videos and texts from their phones for inclusion in the database alongside the risk plans that are already available. As a result, the system will include up-to-date and location-specific information about risks. The information in the app will come from a web portal developed specifically for this purpose.

Project manager Micheline Hounjet: ‘We will be using the experience available at Deltares with the development of a Dutch high-water app for people living in the Noordwaard area and an app for problems with water in the city of Rotterdam as a result of heavy rainfall. And now we are going to share experience at the European level so that we can make the best possible use of citizen sensing.’

There will be four pilot projects with citizen sensing in cities in the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.

EVOKED, doing more with climate data

In order to be able to do more with the available scientific data, EVOKED has been set up with the aim of identifying the data that policymakers need and the required format. The project focuses primarily on coastal and water management, and risk control. How can you include risks and uncertainties in adaptive policy? The main focus of EVOKED is not on knowledge, but on policy.

Rutger van der Brugge: ‘The core of the EVOKED project is therefore to bring together scientists, policymakers, business people and the public in a co-creation process. The idea is to determine when which type of information about climate change is useful in day-to-day policy processes, investment decisions, and management and maintenance. We will also look at how that information should be presented. The scientific data will be used better as a result of catering to the requirements of the end user.’

The aim of these ‘living labs’ is to produce tools and methods that can be tested in the field. The living labs will be set up in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Sweden. This is ultimately expected to improve decision-making and the implementation of climate adaptation throughout Europe.

JPI Climate

JPI Climate is an initiative of the European member states for the joint launch or coordination of national climate research programmes. Encouraging collaboration between experts from different countries will make it possible to conduct the required research efficiently and effectively.