Meet our partners

(Department of hydrology and hydraulic engineering) was established in the 1970s as part of the Engineering faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since its start HYDR has played a leading role in the field of hydrologic modelling. This resulted in many research projects on Flemish, Belgian and European level and a strong expertise in the development and use of hydrological modelling techniques in the domain of surface and groundwater.

Main Tasks: Overall coordination (WP6) and high-resolution urban land-cover characterization and hydrological simulation in function of the rainfall-response analysis(WP3). Also responsible for the set-up of citizen observatories (WP2) and co-creation of the early warning tool for the Brussels pilot case.


TU Delft (Delft University of Technology) is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive university of technology in the Netherlands. With over 19,000 students and 2,500 scientists (including 400 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners and companies from the small and medium business sectors. TU Delft ranks 50th on the 2020 QS World University Rankings (2nd on the sub list for Civil & Structural Engineering).

Main Tasks:  coordination of crowdsourced data collection through citizen observatories (WP2) and pilot lead for Rotterdam.


ICL (Imperial College London) is  a  science-based  university  with  an  international  reputation  for  excellence  in teaching and research. It is consistently rated amongst the world's best universities. There are about 15,000  students  of  which  nearly  3,000  are  research  postgraduate.  The  Department  of  Civil  and Environmental  Engineering,  with  760  students  of  which  133  are  research  postgraduate,  was  ranked 4th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.

Main Tasks: Leading  WP3  on  the  use  of  high-resolution  simulation  models  to  feed  the  rainfall-response  analysis  for  determination  of  critical  treshold  rainfall  values  and  levels.  These  will  form  the basis forthe development of a data-driven modelling framework for the flood early warning system.


(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), founded in 1972, is a non-governmental, non-profit, international scientific research institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline, or of common concern to many countries that require national and international cooperative action such as climate change, energy security, population growth, and sustainable development.  

Main Tasks:  primary tasks in this project are focused around WP2 –Engagement strategies for active user participation, and WP4 –Technical development of the early warning tool (FloodCitiSense mobile and web app and the early warning system online application).

SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) is a research group founded in 1990 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and is now also part of imec. SMIT specializes in social scientific research on media and ICT, with an emphasis on innovation, policy and socio-economic questions.

Within FloodCitiSense, SMIT is responsible for the usability and impact assessment of the tools (WP5).

EGEB (Etats Généraux de l'Eau à Bruxelles) is a citizen-based, non-profit association dedicated to the prevention of urban floods and the transition towards an integrated water governance for and by citizens and city authorities. Working in a cross-sectoral, transdisciplinary fashion, they raise awareness on the political dimension of water. Throughout its various missions of animation, sensitization, advocacy and research in co-creation, EGEB's transformative action
is recognized by many stakeholders.

Main Tasks:  animation and mobilization of citizens from the Brussels pilot to engage in FloodCitiSense.


LGiU (Local Government information Unit) is a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity. LGiU is all about people and the places where we live: LGiU is about the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest. And the thread that weaves through all LGiU's work is the core belief that all these essentials are best when they are designed and delivered locally.


Rain++ (RainPlusPLus Ltd.) was incorporated and registered in the UK in March 2016. It is a small private company (SE) that specialises in the processing, analysing and forecasting of hydro-meteorological data, as well as in software development.

Main Tasks: setup of low-cost sensor network in Birmingham pilot and implementation of the associated platform/system for sensor data transmission, hosting and visualisation (WP2). Rain++ also supports rainfall data merging activities in WP3.


RPS (RPS Group) is a leading UK-based consultancy providing specialist services in wastewater and clean water hydraulic modelling, catchment planning  and  strategy, flood  risk  assessments and drainage design services. RPS’s main technical expertise is the production of robust urban drainage hydraulicmodels and using them alongside data analytics to define storm/wastewater investment and management strategies.

Main Tasks: implementation of a high-resolution physically-based urban drainage model for the UK pilot catchment (WP3); operational  implementation and testing of the urban pluvial flood forecasting  system for the UK pilot (WP4;  WP5); support stakeholder engagement activities and the conceptual design of the forecasting system (WP1).


Disdro (Disdrometrics B.V.) designs and produces low-cost acoustic rainfall sensors - called disdrometers. The aims of Disdrometrics B.V. are (1) to deliver reliable, low maintenance, low-cost, open-source based, light weight and energy saving disdrometers and (2) to deliver reliable data to citizens and professional services through these low-cost disdrometers.

Main Tasks: Support (material and staff) for the set-up of the rainfall citizen observatories using low-cost disdrometers.


TaipeiTech (National Taipei University of Technology) has wide expertise in the implementation of operational flood forecasting and warning systems, and in the realm of open data community projects.

Main Tasks: share experience and technical support for the installation of low-cost sensor network (WP2), the implementation of data transmission, hosting and visualization platform (WP2) and the implementation and operation of real-time pluvial flood early warning systems in two major cities in Taiwan (WP4).


Discover our mobile and web application for pluvial flooding! With the FloodCitiSense app, one can easily create their own rain or flood report and contribute to flood forecasting for research purposes and better urban management.

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