Citizen science and crowdsourcing for disaster risk reduction


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

Hands using a smartphone, displaying a street map
The app and curriculum—initiatives developed in collaboration with the communities at risk—make flood data accessible, raise awareness of flood risks, and encourage participation in the design of new initiatives to reduce disaster risks.
PhysOrg, Omicron Technology Ltd
Young African businessman showing something on his laptop to a trader.
In many cities across Africa—a continent that is urbanizing faster than any other—the buildup of disaster and climate risks has gone largely unnoticed, and unmanaged. A roadblock for urban resilience planners is the scarcity of reliable risk data
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the
Coverpage of "Citizen science for disasters"
This toolkit provides guidance to a broad range of community groups (e.g., volunteer or faith-based institutions, social service organizations, private or other nonprofit organizations) on designing and implementing disaster citizen science projects.
RAND Corporation
Landslide EVO brings together experts in environmental hazards, engineering, social science, citizen science, and computational modelling to improve disaster resilience in Western Nepal.
Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience

Over the last few decades, scholars, policy makers and risk managers have been gradually acknowledging that community-based initiatives can represent a promising alternative for addressing the hazard of floods at the local scale. This article provides an

Progress in Disaster Science (Elsevier)
Scientists are calling on the public to become citizen seismologists to test a low-cost early earthquake warning system in the community.