The Danube Delta, Romania
A SCENT Pilot Area
A SCENT Pilot Area
In 2018, Scent organised its first two pilot campaigns for the Danube Delta region. The preliminary results of these campaigns are now available.
83 volunteers from local businesses, universities and other community organisations became citizen scientists for the day and took part in the campaigns. The volunteers had fun testing the new Scent Explore gaming app in the waterways of the Danube delta.
Overall, the pilot volunteers successfully collected more than 7200 individual pieces of data, concerning river parameter measurements and land use/land cover images.
Scent will organise more campaigns in the Danube Delta 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.
Every year, Scent partner SOR organises a bird-watching expedition to the Danube Delta. This year the expedition included Scent’s first citizen science pilot campaign.
As part of the campaign, more than 100 volunteers tested the new Scent Explore gaming app. The participants navigated the waterways of the Danube Delta and took photos of Scent creatures they spotted along the way, using the augmented reality feature of the Scent Explore app.
Take a look at some of the photos from the campaign below!
Volunteers gathered in the Danube Delta in September, to test the new Scent Explore app. While navigating the waters of the Danube, the volunteers were playing with the app – trying to capture Scent creatures hidden along the river.
By using the augmented reality function of the app, the creatures became visible to the participants at locations of special interest. The volunteers captured the creatures using Scent Explore by taking a short video of the water velocity of where they creatures appeared. Participants were also able to capture the creatures by taking photos of the water level at different points on the Danube.
Take a look at some of the photos taken by one of our volunteers, Doru Spac.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.