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Is your city prepared to address the risk of floods?

SaferPlaces provides incredible insights for flood risk anticipation in any city, worldwide.

SaferPlaces
SaferPlaces allow to visualize flood risk and impact in a Digital Twin of the city (Credit: © SaferPlaces 2022)

Background

Nowadays due to increasing anthropogenic pressure, such as soil sealing in cities and increase occurrence in extreme weather events, cities have been experiencing more and more severe flooding from different sources of hazard such as fluvial, pluvial and coastal. As water and flood management in many European cities are not up to the challenge, significant losses occur, in both economic and human life terms.

AI-driven Flood Intelligence in everyone’s hands

The climate service like SaferPlaces has provided very useful data and maps for assessing the climate-proofing of Parco del Mare re-generation urban project, with particular emphasis to evaluate the impact of sea-level rise in climate change projection and identify the best mitigations and adaptations strategies to protect the Rimini municipality from future flooding. Thanks to the SaferPlaces platform the urban planning unit of Rimini Municipality can now easily assess climate hazards and identify the best adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Giada Vignali, Rimini Municipality

SaferPlaces makes use of Artificial Intelligence, satellite and geospatial information, and climate data (real-time, forecasting and climate projections) to assess the risk, the extent and the damage on city infrastructure of coastal, pluvial and fluvial floods and help every city worldwide in building preparedness and climate resilience.

Simulations and results run and can be visualized in a Digital Twin model of the city, created by integrating high-resolution data from WEkEO, Copernicus, Google Earth Engine (GEE), Open Street Map (OSM), Microsoft Planetary and AMAZON.

Helping cities turn climate resilient

SaferPlaces provides key insights into flood risk by making high-resolution information and data-driven algorithms accessible also to non-expert users, in every city worldwide. SaferPlaces supports risk-informed decisions and enhances cities' resilience by providing:

  • Assessment of the effect of mitigation and adaptation measures for flood-related disasters and losses prevention
  • Early warning systems based on rapid flood prediction for a better emergency management
  • Investments advisory in preventive resilience-oriented solutions, with particular emphasis on Natural Based Solutions to reduce economic and humans losses.
Presentation of SaferPlaces project

Implemented by

SaferPlaces is a demonstrator project funded by Climate-KIC and supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.

GecosistemaCMCCGFZMEEOUniversita Politecnica de MadridUniversità di BolognaIBHClimate-KIC

Key features

Designed for scalability and high performance

Users can run in real-time high-resolution multiple floods simulations under changing climate scenarios in any city in the world.

Created for everybody

Making Flood Risk Intelligence accessible to non-expert users with innovative data-driven science-based AI algorithm.

Economic impact assessment

Compute the economic damages associated with each climate scenario, to prioritize resilience-oriented investments.

Benefits of WEkEO for SaferPlaces

SaferPlaces makes use of several datasets provided by WEkEO. WEkEO was chosen for its:

  • Easily configurable access to its product catalog
  • Access to the most up-to-date data from the Copernicus service, directly from the source
  • Responsive technical support team

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