GroundTruth 2.0 - Horizon 2020 Citizen Science
Citizen science is on the increase. Using their own observations and mobile devices, citizens can provide a new data stream of local information about their environment, complementing existing systems and data sources.
Ground Truth 2.0 is a 3-year EC funded project that is setting up and validating six citizen observatories in real conditions, in four European and two African demonstration cases. The project is demonstrating that such observatories are technologically feasible, can be implemented sustainably and that they have many societal and economic benefits. The ultimate objective is the global market uptake of the concept and the enabling technologies.
Dutch demo case
In the Netherlands, climate change leads to excessive local rainfall. This causes severe floods, especially in cities. In order to have effective flood-resilience policies and practices in place, accurate rainfall information and geo-information is needed. However, the national rainfall monitoring networks are modest in size, and the number of official monitoring stations is very limited.
In this demonstration case, Ground Truth 2.0 will create a platform in which rainfall monitoring of water authorities, weather institutes, professionals and weather enthusiasts will be integrated into one collection of historical, actual and forecasted rainfall information. Citizens will be able to share actual and forecasted information on the state of the environment through freely available apps. As a result, stakeholders can engage in co-operative urban planning and flooding can be prevented.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 689744.