Scent is looking for volunteers to test our new Scent Explore app as part of our first pilot campaign in the Kifisos River Basin, Athens.
Volunteers will be observing, photographing and annotating potential changes to land cover/land use and to identify obstacles in the river banks.
Volunteers will be using the augmented reality function of the Scent Explore app to capture Scent creatures hidden at specific points along the river. The images and data collected during the campaign contain valuable information for researchers and scientists about the land-cover and land-use along the river.
Training will be provided to volunteers each day of the campaign, where the Scent project and the Scent apps will be explained.
You can learn more about Scent Explore and download the app here.
Scent and the Kifisos River Basin
The Scent pilot in Greece relates to the urban environment around the Kifisos river in Attica. This covers app. 380km2, and almost 60% of its watershed is urbanised (metropolitan Athens area). Its hydrographic network has been drastically altered due to distinct land-use and 68% of the basin is occupied by urban expanses – host to 4 million citizens.
The city’s rapid development occurred without an appropriate plan for drainage works: Parts of the drainage network were shrunk and converted into streets whilst critical river cross sections were diminished. When floods occur they have a significant impact on infrastructure, especially at the downstream part, including Piraeus port, a major transportation hub that is served by railway network and major roads.
Partner HRTA, a non-profit voluntary organisation that is involved in urban search and rescue operations for Kifisos floods and partner Region of Attica, the regional policy maker for environmental and civil protection issues, will co-organise a large scale citizen campaign with field visits.
Citizens will take on-site images from the pilot site, enriching the existing dataset. A larger group of citizens will participate in the online gaming apps for annotating already available images of the pilot.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.