Citizen Sensing – co-development of climate services to increase urban climate resilience

11:15 Thursday 30 May


Room S16


Tina-Simone Neset (Sweden) 1; Tomasz Opach (Norway) 2; Carlo Navarra (Sweden) 1; Lotta Andersson (Sweden) 3; Julie Wilk (Sweden) 1; Jacob Wikner (Sweden) 1; Sirkku Juhola (Finland) 4; Jan Ketil Rød (Norway) 2; Sara Santos Cruz (Portugal) 5; Annette Zijdervelden (Netherlands) 6

1 - Linköping University; 2 - NTNU; 3 - SMHI; 4 - Helsinki University; 5 - University of Porto; 6 - Deltares

Knowledge of site-specific conditions is essential to make sound decisions related to climate-related risks such as extreme temperatures and precipitation, flooding events, as well as environmental pollution. With focus on European cities and citizens, the Citizen Sensing project responds to this need by presenting a novel approach, based on a combination of physical sensors and smartphone applications that are tailored to facilitate an immediate interaction. The aim is to enable citizens to be both providers of site-specific data and receivers of specific recommendations of how to respond to risks. Citizens can also share best practice examples of climate adaptation that they observe in their urban environment. The project undertakes a co-development process of a Participatory Risk Management System in four European cities – Porto, Rotterdam, Norrkšping, and Trondheim and explores and evaluate if and how the system increases citizen engagement and contributions to urban resilience.

Here we discuss the first experiences from the pilot study in Norrkšping, Sweden, including the prototype of the Citizen Sensing app, which is a web-application, suitable for any type of smart phone. The application was developed in collaboration with various municipal stakeholders and tested with stakeholders and end users during the development phase. It aims to facilitate a high level of interactivity for different user groups and also provide possibilities to share information, observations and sensor data with other citizens. End users interact with the app by selecting weather events and observed impacts, ranking severity of and their level of comfort (e.g. related to heat waves), and uploading images of impacts or examples of implemented adaptation measures, as well as sensor data. Furthermore, users can access the climate reports shared by other citizens in their area and receive recommendations for adaptation to reduce impacts of climate-related risks. We share the results of an evaluation of the first campaigns where different groups of end users tested the app as part of the co-development process of the Participatory Risk Management System, and present lessons learned for the future progress of the project.