by Sanita Vetra-Carvalho
Urban areas nowadays contain many observation networks such as CCTV cameras looking at buildings, streets, parking lots, rivers and traffic. Also, where there are people there are smartphone images, which are another potential source of information that can be assimilated in urban flooding models to get more accurate flooding forecasts.
Increasing number of research teams and organisations are using this abundance of data and while much CCTV data is available as open data, smartphone images need to be collected from the community. Below we list the networks of CCTV data and crowdsourcing sites known to us for the areas we are interested in: London and the Thames Valley, Exeter, Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, and Tewkesbury. This list is not in any way extensive; if you know of further sites or webcams we would love to hear from you (email to: email@example.com)!
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