Phys .org: Brazilian communities fight floods together – with memories and an app. “Brazilian communities that are vulnerable to devastating floods are being united and empowered to defend themselves, using ‘citizen science’ and a specially developed mobile app, thanks to two research projects led by the University of Warwick.”
Asahi Shimbun: Tottori to provide flood estimates using Google Street View. “The Street View feature on Google Maps enables users to see landscapes and scenery on the maps. Under the prefecture’s system using special software, residents can experience flooding in a more realistic fashion and become more aware of the need to plan anti-disaster measures, the officials said. Essentially, they will be able to pick evacuation routes in a more simplified way than using the current hazard maps.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New online database to give homebuyers detailed information about flood risks. “First Street Foundation on Tuesday launched Flood Lab, a research partnership which provides eight universities with its model that maps previous instances of flooding as well as future risks. Using the dataset, Wharton, MIT and John Hopkins University among others will quantify the impacts of flooding on the U.S. economy….The data will be made available to the public in the first half of 2020 in an online database searchable by home address.”
KX Net: State Flood Risk Map Now Available To Residents.”The North Dakota Water Commission recently unveiled a new interactive map you can check out before the water starts to rise. Officially called the North Dakota Risk Assessment Map service, the new, free tool will show users flood depths, surface elevations as well as scenarios for 100-and 500-year floods.”
Nature: A global database of historic and real-time flood events based on social media. “Early event detection and response can significantly reduce the societal impact of floods. Currently, early warning systems rely on gauges, radar data, models and informal local sources. However, the scope and reliability of these systems are limited. Recently, the use of social media for detecting disasters has shown promising results, especially for earthquakes. Here, we present a new database for detecting floods in real-time on a global scale using Twitter.”
UKAuthority: Environment Agency feeds flood alerts to Google. “The Environment Agency is to begin sending flood alert information to Google for it to appear on its search engine and Public Alerts map.”
St. Louis Public Radio: A New Tool Can Help Mississippi River Cities Plan For Future Floods. “The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) and the U.S. Department of the Interior created an electronic portal in response to this year’s near-record flooding. The MRCTI Imagery and Information Viewer aggregates maps, weather forecasts and up-to-date data on floods and droughts — all information necessary for cities to better plan for natural disasters.” The tool contains historical water level data as well.