2nd International Conference on Citizen Observatories for natural hazards and Water Management

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The Conference COWM2018 will be the stage for all the ongoing citizen science and crowdsourcing initiatives.

COWM2018 will bring together social scientists, surveyors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals from many countries involved in research and development activities in a wide range of technical and management topics related to citizen observatories and their impacts on society. It will be an opportunity to discover how to maximize the benefit of data emerging from citizen observatories in the fields of Environmental Monitoring, Natural Risks management, Land use monitoring and management.

The 2016 edition represented an extraordinary opportunity for comparison with international experiences (presence of experts from all over the world from Australia to the United States, from Scandinavia to South Africa).This second edition promises to be even richer in content: detailed information on the Conference can be found on the website.

These are the main themes that will be explored by the scientific program of the Conference:

Environmental management

Communities involvement in environmental management

New challenges for integrated water cycle management


Crisis management and natural disaster resilience

Decision support in extreme weather climate events

Resilience and Territorial Safety



Land Use and Land Cover monitoring

Crowdsourcing techniques for Land Use and Land Cover monitoring

Communities involvement in monitoring land change


Methods and technologies to support the management of water and natural hazards

Making sensors in 2018: new approaches for data capturing

Earth Observation data for natural hazards and water management

Platforms and e-services for citizen observatories data interoperability

Data integration, data assimilation techniques, advanced water modeling


Social dimensions of Citizen Observatories

Citizen observatories: stakeholder motivations and impacts

Public participation mechanisms

Technical and legal aspects of the acquisition and use of citizen-generated data


We invite you to participate at the Conference by submitting an abstract for a presentation or to attend the Conference by registering in the website. For more information about registration and participation in the call for abstracts please visit the web-site of the conference (www.cowm.eu).

During the Conference parallel events will be organized: technological workshops, training sessions, parallel sessions and presentations of new projects and technologies. The event will provide opportunities to engage with the operators in the water industry and innovation, in order to exchange experiences on the development, implementation and use of new advanced monitoring techniques, and to discuss the potentialfor new job opportunities.

The event will be hosted at the prestigious Palazzo Labia, in Campo San Geremia (Venice), famous Baroque palace with frescoes by Giambattista Tiepolo and functional regional RAI headquarters, equipped with conference rooms and multimedia areas.



We hope to see you in Venice!

Best regards,

the Organizing Team

Alto Adriatico Water Authority (AAWA)

Event Properties

Event Date 27-11-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 30-11-2018 4:00 pm

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