What is Floodcrowd?

Floodcrowd is a campaign to improve our knowledge and management of flooding in the UK.
Floodcrowd has been designed and produced by Avinoam Baruch as part of his PhD research at Loughborough University.

What can I do to get involved?

If you've seen a flood, no matter how big or small, share it here!
We've had observations of large floods from Kendal...
...and small pools in Watford
All these observations are important as they can help researchers understand the environment better.
Read about our Carlisle case study to see examples of how this information can help scientists.

What will be done with my records?

All records will be analysed as part of a citizen science study into flooding in the UK. This will form an important database of flooding events which are often unrecorded. These records will be used to study drivers of flooding in the UK, improve understanding of the impact of flooding and provide a record for use in future research.

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is a term used to describe the public involvement in inquiry and discovery of new scientific knowledge. 

Why this research?

Throughout history, citizens have played a part in scientific research and discovery. For the majority of this time, the role of the citizen has been minimal and only significant in exceptional circumstances such as discovering ancient ruins or a new species. However, there has been a significant rise in the number of studies which use data collected by citizens, proving that citizen science is capable of playing a far greater role in a vast range of fields.
As geographic research studies get ever more ambitious and the need for localised up-to-date information becomes integral to managing environments, more scientists are turning to the layperson. The ability of citizens to become engaged and easily contribute data has been facilitated by improved media coverage of science, the rapid advancement of the worldwide web and mobile technologies. Currently, citizen scientists are playing a key role in a diverse range of disciplines from astronomy to social sciences. These studies are benefiting from unprecedented amounts of data and the building of stronger relationships with the communities they aim to help. Given the ability of citizens to contribute useful local knowledge, and a genuine interest in tackling hazards, crowdsourcing projects for hazard management have grown in number in recent years. My research aims to explore the ways in which flood risk management can be improved by contributions of high quality data from members of the public.