Rain Sense will make Amsterdam more resilient to flooding, and to damage from severe weather conditions like those experienced several times this summer, not least the torrential rainfall on 28 July 2014.
Thanks to smart innovations such as monitoring stations umbrellas that double up as mobile rain gauges, and an app that residents can download onto their phones, the researchers can track the rainfall in Amsterdam right down to street level.
People with the app will be able to report problems by uploading photos, noting the location of the rainfall, and remote-checking that their own home is dry. This will enable partners like Waternet to visualise potential problems in good time and take appropriate precautions to contain any damage from heavy downpours.
1 October 2014 – November/december 2015
October – juli 2015
Physical and social sensing and creating an high resolution 3Di hydrodynaic model at the selected pilot area
Implementation in urban stormwater management: high resolution hydrodynamic modelling using advanced modelling software; interactive visualization of rainfall from physical sensors and of stormwater response, experiment of citizen complaints; sensing with smartphone app.
TU Delft, WUR, IBM, Cisco, Waternet, Deltares, KPN
Dr ir Marie-claire ten Veldhuis
Assistent professor Urban Water Systems, TU Delft