Kifisos River Basin, Attica, Greece
A SCENT Pilot Area
A SCENT Pilot Area
In 2018, Scent organised its first two pilot campaigns for the Attica region. The preliminary results of these campaigns are now available.
178 citizen science volunteers from business, universities and other organisations in the local community took part in campaigns. The volunteers had fun testing the new Scent Explore and Scent Measure gaming apps along the banks of the Kifisos river.
Overall, the volunteers collected 2982 individual pieces of data, concerning water level measures, soil moisture, air temperature, and land use/land cover images.
Scent will organise three more campaigns in the Attica region during 2019. The data collected by the volunteers during all these campaigns will help to create more accurate and up to date flood maps for the region. These flood maps will help policymakers and local authorities to better understand, analyse, manage and prevent flooding in Attica.
In September, volunteers gathered at the Kifisos river basin in Athens to be among the first to test the new Scent Explore gaming app. Volunteers downloaded the app to their smartphones and used its augmented reality function to take pictures of Scent creatures ‘hiding’ along the Kifisos river. The pictures taken by the volunteers contain valuable information about changes in land use and land cover, which are key factors impacting flooding.
Take a look at some of our photos from the campaign below!
During Scent’s second citizen scientist campaign in Attica, volunteers gathered data concerning river parameters and soil conditions using the new Scent Measure and Scent Explore gaming apps. Using Scent Explore, the citizen scientists were able to take short videos of a ball moving downstream, which is then used to calculate the water velocity of the river. The volunteers also used the augmented reality function of the app to capture water level measurements.
With the Scent Measure app and a portable sensor, the volunteers were able to take measurements of soil moisture and temperature, as well as air temperature. After placing the sensor into the soil, the volunteers received the measurements directly to their phone through the Scent Measure app.
Take a look at some of the photos from the campaign below!
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.