Improving the use of online media in flood early warning: collaboration Deltares and Floodtags
Published: 20 November 2019
Improving the use of online media in the early warning and crisis response process can make a difference. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook contain a wealth of information about conditions on the ground during flood events, and platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram allow for easy two-way communication and crowdsourcing from volunteer networks.
To tap into this, FloodTags offers services to analyse online media and user-generated content to produce flooding information. Deltares develops forecasting systems and models, and we have extensive domain knowledge about flood forecasting and flood risk management. Together, we have already been carrying our research and pilot projects in this field. And now we are going to intensify our collaboration further on the basis of a Collaboration Agreement signed during the Delft-FEWS User Days, on 7th November.
As a result, our clients will have easy access to FloodTags and be able to use media data for model validation, real-time monitoring and two-way communication via direct messaging. For example, FloodTags data are now available in Delft-FEWS in real time! Reach out to us if you want to explore the exciting new possibilities this offers.