Water disasters are widespread, and they always involve people: People who share their observations and opinions online. Large flood disasters are usually covered by tens of thousands of observations per hour. A possible overflow of a reservoir can be noted by only a handful of watchful citizens. FloodTags analyses this data - from Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, SMS, Online news media and more - for any water challenge that water and disaster managers face: From floods to droughts, from drinking water to water conflicts, from water-borne diseases to reservoir management. Among our clients: Worldbank, United Nations and the Red Cross. Read more about our work.
Collect, Analyse and Share
During water crises, citizens share thousands of messages online, describing the situation and the way they are coping with it. FloodTags listens.
In an open innovation model, FloodTags and its academic partners develop and improve algorithms to filter and enrich the data for specific applications.
Join our Research and Development Network
FloodTags has a partner network of top universities and institutions, with whom we improve our scripts for a wide range of use cases. If you are a university or knowledge institute, anywhere in the world, working on water problems and online data: Contact us and get access to the API and Software Development Kit.
Publications with FloodTags
Probabilistic Flood Extent Est. (Brouwer et al., 2017)
Flood Key Term Inflections (Hurriyetoglu et al., 2016)
Action-based flood forecasting (Coughlan et al., 2016)
Near real-time flood maps (Eilander et al., 2016)
Early Flood Detection (Jongman et al., 2015)
Tweet Stream Analysis (Hurriyetoglu et al, 2015)
FloodTags in the News
Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid, Dutch researchers said.
When a crisis strikes, people increasingly find out about it from social media, as individuals and groups take to the internet to spread the word.
After the Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by floods this February, related tweets peaked at almost 900 a minute, with a significant number including information about location and water depth, according to a joint study by two Dutch organizations, Deltares and Floodtags. Read more
FloodTags is a social enterprise with head office in The Hague, The Netherlands. Together with a large number of researchers from top universities and institutes, we develop and implement data analysis scripts for water management.
We believe that citizens and communities are key resources in the solution of many water management problems. As we are growing, we find that our work is now supporting many different aspects of water management. Citizens are being listened to and decision makers can take effective and supported action.
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