From sensing to action: Quick and reliable access to information in cities vulnerable to heavy rain.

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dc.contributor.author Gaitan, Santiago
dc.contributor.author Calderoni, Luca
dc.contributor.author Palmieri, Paolo
dc.contributor.author ten Veldhuis, Marie-claire
dc.contributor.author Maio, Dario
dc.contributor.author van Riemsdijk, M. Birna
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-21T15:22:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-21T15:22:12Z
dc.date.issued 2014-09-05
dc.identifier.citation Gaitan, S., Calderoni, L., Palmieri, P., Veldhuis, M. C. t., Maio, D. and Riemsdijk, M. B. v. (2014) 'From Sensing to Action: Quick and Reliable Access to Information in Cities Vulnerable to Heavy Rain', IEEE Sensors Journal, 14(12), pp. 4175-4184. doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2014.2354980 en
dc.identifier.volume 14 en
dc.identifier.issued 12 en
dc.identifier.startpage 4175 en
dc.identifier.endpage 4184 en
dc.identifier.issn 1530-437X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4765
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/JSEN.2014.2354980
dc.description.abstract Cities need to constantly monitor weather to anticipate heavy storm events and reduce the impact of floods. Information describing precipitation and ground conditions at high spatio-temporal resolution is essential for taking timely action and preventing damages. Traditionally, rain gauges and weather radars are used to monitor rain events, but these sources provide low spatial resolutions and are subject to inaccuracy. Therefore, information needs to be complemented with data from other sources: from citizens' phone calls to the authorities, to relevant on-line media posts, which have the potential of providing timely and valuable information on weather conditions in the city. This information is often scattered through different, static, and not-publicly-available databases. This makes it impossible to use it in an aggregate, standard way, and therefore hampers efficiency of emergency response. In this paper we describe information sources relating to a heavy rain event in Rotterdam on October 12-14, 2013. Rotterdam weather monitoring infrastructure is composed of a number of rain gauges installed at different locations in the city, as well as a weather radar network. This sensing network is currently scarcely integrated and logged data are not easily accessible during an emergency. Therefore, we propose a reliable, efficient and low-cost ICT infrastructure that takes information from all relevant sources, including sensors as well as social and user contributed information and integrates them into a unique, cloud-based interface. The proposed infrastructure will improve efficiency in emergency responses to extreme weather events and, ultimately, guarantee more safety to the urban population. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher IEEE en
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dc.subject Meterology en
dc.subject Urban areas en
dc.subject Sensor systems en
dc.subject Meteorological radar en
dc.subject Atmospheric techniques en
dc.subject Meteorological radar en
dc.subject Rain en
dc.subject Remote sensing by radar en
dc.subject Storms en
dc.subject Heavy storm events en
dc.subject Flood impact en
dc.subject Rain gauges en
dc.subject Weather radars en
dc.subject Weather conditions en
dc.subject ICT infrastructure en
dc.subject Rotterdam weather monitoring infrastructure en
dc.subject Smart city en
dc.subject Urban ICT infrastructure en
dc.subject Weather sensing en
dc.subject Heavy rain en
dc.title From sensing to action: Quick and reliable access to information in cities vulnerable to heavy rain. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Paolo Palmieri, Computer Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: paolo.palmieri@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-09-20T15:43:43Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle IEEE Sensors Journal en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress paolo.palmieri@ucc.ie en


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