citizen sensing —
urban climate resilience through participatory risk management systems

    This project is funded by JPI Climate and co-funded by the European Union
Particular research funding agencies: FORMAS (Sweden), RCN (Norway), NWO (The Netherlands), and FCT (Portugal)


Urban citizens continually make a multitude of decisions related to climate-related risks e.g. extreme temperatures, precipitation, flooding, water and air pollution and their impacts and these are most often made without clear knowledge of locally specific conditions. With new technologies such as citizen sensing, there is an emerging opportunity for citizens to enhance urban resilience, both as providers of locally situated data (e.g. bacteria levels in drinking-water, infrastructure damage or ecological changes) and as receivers of specific recommendations of how to respond to climate-related challenges.


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to develop a Participatory Risk Management System that incorporates place-specific information, links to existing guidelines on urban climate risk management and adaptation, and functions as an integrative platform for citizens and relevant organizations at different scales

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to analyse if, how and to what extent the Participatory Risk Management System has potential to increase preparedness and appropriate responses by citizens and authorities to increase urban climate resilience in different European and climate contexts


Linköping University

Lead Principle Investigator (LPI):
Tina-Simone Neset

Linköping University (LiU) will lead the project and co-lead WP 2 and WP 4. LiU researchers’ competencies include geographic visualization, participatory methods, climate adaptation research as well as sensor technology.

Lotta Andersson

Sirkku Juhola

Carlo Navarra

Tina-Simone Neset

Julie Wilk

Jacob Wikner

Norwegian University of Science
and Technology

Principle Investigator (PI):
Jan Ketil Rød

The Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology (NTNU) researchers’ core competences are Geographic Information Science (GIScience), including data acquisition methods, data management and modeling, as well as data visualization.

Tomasz Opach

Radmil Popovic

Jan Ketil Rød

University of Porto

Principle Investigator (PI):
Sara Santos Cruz

They explore how knowledge in fields dealing with the development of the post-industrial society in cities and regions can be combined and integrated to address the challenges of resource conservation and growing socioeconomic polarization.

Paulo Conceição

Sara Santos Cruz

Ana Monteiro

Paulo Pinho


Principle Investigator (PI):
Micheline Hounjet

Deltares focuses on the development of integrated flood risk management strategies at a national and regional scale by providing specialist expertise, modelling services and policy analyses.

Micheline Hounjet

Almar Joling


Inhabitants: 190 000, +23 000 including unregistered students that live in Trondheim
Responsible: Jan Ketil Rød
Description: annual mean temperature: 5.6°C, annual precipitation 890 mm. Example of challenges: flooding impacts, decreased slope instability, increased suspended dust from roads under low snowfall conditions. Possible climate indicators, direct: heavy rainfall; indirect: runoff in deviating pathways, erosion, discomfort/breathing problems from high dust levels.

Inhabitants: 140 000
Responsible: Lotta Andersson
Description: annual mean temperature: 6.3°C, maximum daily temperature: 34.8°C, annual precipitation: 507 mm, maximum daily precipitation: 130 mm. Example of challenges: stormwater impacts on infrastructure and potable water quality and heat waves. Possible climate indicators, direct: high temperatures and heavy rainfall; indirect: experienced discomfort/illness, breathing problems from high dust levels, mould or damage to buildings and infrastructure, water quality (bacteria levels), water levels.

Inhabitants: 237 000
Responsible: Sara Santos Cruz
Description: annual mean temperature: 15.2°C, annual precipitation: 1237 mm, ageing population especially in old central buildings, high influx of tourists. Example of challenges: urban flooding, a special emphasis, temperature extremes. Possible climate indicators, direct: high temperatures (day and night) and frost days; indirect: experienced discomfort and illnesses.

The Netherlands
Inhabitants: 633 000
Responsible: Micheline Hounjet
Description: annual mean temperature: 10.4°C, average mean precipitation: 856 mm. Example of challenges: impacts of heavy rain events on critical infrastructures and society. Next to the physical impacts of heavy rainfall events, we will be investigating the mind-set of citizens having to deal with these impacts. There are many practical solutions that citizens can do themselves to minimise the impact of heavy rainfall in their neighbourhood or to deal with the event while it is happening. CitiSense will not only use the experience of these citizens with rainfall events to learn more about the impacts and how citizens deal with those, but will also measure if mind-sets might change when citizens learn about practical approaches from the other 3 cities in CitiSense. For this purpose there will not only be a focus on heavy rainfall events, but we will use extreme high temperatures as well.

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news & events

  • Kick-off meeting for projects joint call ERA4CS

    The official ERA4CS kick off in Brussels, Belgium.
    LPI Tina-Simone Neset (LiU) participates in the official program kick-off in Brussels...

  • Stakeholder consultation in Norrköping

    The first stakeholder consultation with the Norrköping climate adaptation group has been recently organised in Norrköping...

  • CitiSense kick-off

    7-8 November 2017, the consortium gathered for the first time, during the CitiSense kick-off meeting. The meeting was held in Clube Universitário do Porto in Portugal. Apart from the tasks to be accomplished in particular work packages in the first phase of the project, a detailed agenda regarding the design and development of the Participatory Risk Management System (PRMS) was established. Moreover, some information about the sensors deployed in Porto was provided to the consortium members by the local authority officers.

    Picture of a sensor station in the streets of Porto [map]. The unit is equiped with for example a camera to measure the number of people crossing the street, a microphone to measure the noise pollution, thermometer and other components. It is connected via the city-wide municipal wifi. It is powered by a separate 220-V outlet provided by the municipality.

  • Financing decision

    A total budget of about 63 Mio € was allocated for the call to support 3-year research projects. Among the 54 pre-proposals submitted for topic A "Advanced co-development with users", and 12 proposals for topic B "Institutional integration between 30 predetermined Research Performing Organisations (RPOs)", in total 26 projects were selected. Our CitiSense project was amongst those from topic A...
    Let's begin, then!