Facebook Crisis Informatics Research Awards: Capturing the Big Picture from Social Media for Global Flood Awareness

Facebook is supporting new and innovative research in the area of crisis informatics to make social media tools more useful to people responding to or impacted by a disaster. One of the winning proposals, submitted by Carlos Castillo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) and Milan Kalaš (Kajo Services, Slovakia) will use social media data to enhance available information on flood conditions in order to predict the impact and extent of floods.

It aims at creating a series of indicators of flood risk and preliminary estimates of flood extents in near real-time based on the analysis of millions of twitter messages. The collection and analysis of the twitter messages will be triggered by GloFAS forecasts. The results will be integrated into a new map layer that will be available and accessible through the GloFAS map viewer.

 

More info on the Facebook Crisis Informatics Research Awards: https://research.fb.com/announcing-the-winners-of-the-facebook-crisis-informatics-research-awards/


By Peter Salamon     Dec. 4, 2018, 5:21 p.m.