Flickr tags could help predict floods

According to a new study, images of floods and other large amounts of water uploaded to the online social image gallery Flickr could help scientists predict floods before they overwhelm flood-prone areas and communities.

Researchers at the University of Warwick studied “tagged” photos on Flickr with words like “river” and “water” which were matched to known flood events, over a period of 10 years.

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Scent partners gather in Dublin for first plenary project meeting

Scent project partners were met with unusually dry Dublin conditions for the Scent project’s first plenary meeting, which featured presentations and discussions on project progress.

Partners from the Scent pilot areas; the Danube river delta (Romania), and the Kifisos river (Greece), presented the latest on their progress. Iulian Nichersu of DDNI emphasised the importance of the Tulcea and Athens focus groups that took place last November in painting a complete picture of the user requirements to consider for Scent.

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New network of tiny satellites launched to photograph Earth daily

The most important component at the forefront of the Scent project will be YOU – the people, acting as the project’s eyes and ears through smartphones and other devices. This is citizen science. But for monitoring the environment, a lot of research is still being done with traditional machines. In space, that is.

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New Report on citizen data – “Making Citizen Generated Data Work”

What kind of data is at the heart of the entire Scent project? Citizen-generated data (CGD).

CGD is how the Scent project will develop a “people-centred” web for monitoring the environment around us.

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Insights from Focus Groups in Tulcea and Athens

Over Winter 2016, Scent conducted a series of ‘Focus Group workshops’ in Tulcea, Romania and Athens, Greece. These two regions are where the project’s pilot studies will take place and Scent want to continuously engage with the local citizens and hear their views and opinions on the environment and if they are active in its conservation.

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UK Environment Research Council NERC backs 18 environmental science public engagement projects

Environmental engagement among citizens is proving to be a global hot topic, as scientific communities are liaising more with the public to foster a wider awareness of the importance of environmental conservation and the consequences of climate change. Read more

Scent project web site launched

The Scent project is pleased to announce the launch of its web site today. The web site will be a core communication channel for all stakeholders involved, including the general public. Read more

Crowdsourcing more detailed information about local buildings in Ottawa

Statistics Canada, the national statistics agency, has turned to crowdsourcing in the hope of procuring more detailed information about local buildings in Ottawa.
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SCENT at GEO-XIII

Scent at GEO-XIII Plenary in St. Petersburg

Scent joined discussions on global Earth observation initiatives at the 13th Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations – GEO (GEO-XIII) on 7th – 10th November, 2016, in St. Petersburg. Read more

MapSwipe Africa article

The crowdsourcing movement to improve African maps

An initiative in Africa has begun crowdsourcing data from the public in order to banish the frequent “data not found” holes common in the continent’s cartography.
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