AI, citizen science & Twitter combo warns of flood risks

Dec 26, 2017, 5:59 AM EST
(Source: Johnny Silvercloud/flickr)
(Source: Johnny Silvercloud/flickr)

A combination of Twitter, citizen science and latest artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can yield a potent warning system for urban communities vulnerable to flooding.

Researchers from the University of Dundee have, for the first time, employed computer vision to mine data from social media and apps, looking for flood-related information that can be coupled with traditional remote sensing and witness reports for timely alerts, notes

The system, named MyCoast, currently carries over 6,000 flood photographs crowdsourced from mobile apps, showing about 70 percent accuracy as a forecasting model, writes University of Dundee