Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 391–416, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 391–416, 2018
Research article
17 Jan 2018
Research article | 17 Jan 2018

Exploring the influence of citizen involvement on the assimilation of crowdsourced observations: a modelling study based on the 2013 flood event in the Bacchiglione catchment (Italy)

Maurizio Mazzoleni et al.

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We investigate the usefulness of assimilating crowdsourced observations from a heterogeneous network of sensors for different scenarios of citizen involvement levels during the flood event occurred in the Bacchiglione catchment in May 2013. We achieve high model performance by integrating crowdsourced data, in particular from citizens motivated by their feeling of belonging to a community. Satisfactory model performance can still be obtained even for decreasing citizen involvement over time.