Citizen participation for disaster risk reduction (science & technology)


Examples of innovative DRR initiatives supported by citizen science and crowd-sourcing.

A group of social scientists, seismologists and engineers is developing surveys to understand the efficacy of earthquake early warning alerts.
Kayalitsha, South Africa
Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni city leaders engaged local residents in a citizen science campaign to map exactly which neighborhoods face the brunt of rising temperatures. The study shows how heat relates to historical legacies and future challenges.
World Bank, the
GPS map on mobile phone.
An application developed in collaboration with vulnerable communities to transmit early warnings of the risk of floods and environmental disasters has become public policy in Brazil, and the methodology is being replicated for use elsewhere.
Agência FAPESP
This study analyzed the content of Twitter data collected during Hurricane Harvey to identify the data of the highest relevance for assessing the impacts on infrastructure through automatically grouping the tweets by topics of discussion.
International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
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An EU-backed project is developing a suite of learning materials on the use of social media and crowdsourcing (SMCS) in disasters. The resources will improve European resilience.
European Commission
Nepalis wait as engineers remove a boulder fallen on the road due to a landslide
The tool extracts landslide information in real time, which could advance landslide research as well as disaster response.
Eos - AGU
A bystander takes a photo of floods in Zaragoza, Spain
Information shared on social media platforms could help scientists gather real-time data and assist agencies in relief efforts.
Eos - AGU
This study aims to consolidate knowledge and generate learning on the uses of social media and crowdsourcing in disaster management processes within the LINKS Framework. Research was conducted in five practitioner-driven case scenarios in Europe.
As cities face health threats from heat and air pollution—both expected to worsen from climate change—researchers pilot a community scientist effort to map air quality and improve urban health.
Eos - AGU
This work instigates an interdisciplinary cross-country collaboration and knowledge exchange, focused on tools, methods and policies used in the Brazil and the UK.
Disaster Prevention and Management (Emerald)