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Flood Detection North Coast Central Java 2017-2018

For The Nature Conservancy (and indirectly the city of Semarang), who is working on the development of mangrove restoration scenarios for the north coast of Central Java, FloodTags will monitor and analyze online (social) media to identify new flood events and their characteristics and disseminate these to the ‘Coastal Resilience – Cities Mapping Portal’ of TNC. Background Rapid population…

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Global Flood Detection and Monitoring using Social Media

Researchers at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM – VU University Amsterdam) and FloodTags released a new tool that globally detects and monitors flood events. It provides a real-time overview of ongoing flood events based on filtered Twitter data. Specifically, the global flood monitor (GFM) detects, in real-time, regions with enhanced flood-related Twitter activity and…

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Ground-truthing for parametric insurance in South-East Asia

The governments of the Myanmar, Lao PDR and Cambodia seek tools to overcome financing gaps that arises after disasters happen. For this purpose, The World Bank together with insurers are developing tooling to support parametric insurance (and bridge that gap), but there are omissions in the current data availability for such purpose. Therefore in this…

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Flood Response at the Philippines Red Cross

Realization of an online media dashboard for the Operational Centre of the Red Cross in Manilla. The dashboard displays real-time flood information in the Philippines based on data from Twitter to target aid operations, plan logistics and organize financing. FloodTags is currently fully operational at the Philippine Red Cross. Citizens and communities in Philippines are…

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Impact forecasting for Red Cross in Tanzania

The Tanzanian Red Cross Society, Deltares and FloodTags analysed publicly available online media (including Twitter, Jamiiforums and various online news websites) for early action and flood response in Dar Es Salaam. With this the Red Cross can 1) map and monitor flood related events in real-time (sign-up and request access here) and 2) use historic event…

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Event detection for water and food security in Mali

Mali is fighting a large number of economic and ecologic challenges. However data is needed to support solutions to these problems. In this project we help the Ministère de L’Energie et L’Eau in Mali with an analysis  of the longer term drivers and effects of floods and droughts for IWRM, by using and combining new online…

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A dashboard for media information on floods

The dashboard for real-time flood information from the media can be used to access FloodTags’ data easily on the web (also for mobile devices). Please note that all data and functions that you will find in the Dashboard, are also accessible from the API. There you can find the full suite of Floodtags’ functions, and…

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Global Flood Monitor

The new ID-lab of Deltares runs global hydrological and hydraulic models for flood monitoring. Twitter contains information about new flood events, as observed and reported by citizens, news agencies and other organisations. In this project, FloodTags and Deltares developed a flood detection on the basis of Twitter and connected it to the ‘event server’ in…

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Dengue and Diarrhea forecast for Indonesia

By Jurjen Wagemaker (FloodTags), Bachti Alisjahbana (UNPAD), Gertjan Geerling (Radboud University), Ali Hürriyetoglu (Radboud University) and Konstantin Löser (Deltares) Reliable health data is difficult to obtain in Indonesia especially aggregated data on a higher scale level such as provincial or national scales. This hampers adequate policy making and response to outbreaks by health workers on the…

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Calibration data for Forecast Based Financing in Uganda

Creating an overview of flood occurences in the districts Abim, Soroti, Katakwi and Kotido by text mining local newspapers. By Jurjen Wagemaker (FloodTags) and Eddie Wasswa Jjemba (RCRCCC). Background The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC), Red Cross Uganda and the German Red Cross are working to improve the disaster preparedness in floodprone Uganda. Using their new…

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Real-time flood mapping on basis of Twitter and DEM

During a flood it is often difficult to obtain accurate and real-time information about the extent of the flood and the people affected. This information is important, particularly for crisis relief organisations, in terms of further reducing risks and taking the right measures. In a joint study, two Dutch organisations – Deltares and Floodtags –…

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Flood observations classification using the ‘Relevancer’

How do you know which text messages are relevant and which are not? The Centre of Language Studies of Radboud University and FloodTags developed a tool that classifies text messages using a K-means algorithm. The tool is named “Relevancer”. On the basis of initial user input (annotating clusters of content in several rounds of user input),…

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