Serious Community 2.0 Prevent Flooding (SeCom 2.0)
The flood events that recur every year in Europe not only cause major economic damage to property, they also often kill people unnecessarily. This trend will increase if we have to expect more storms and extreme precipitation events in the future (European Commission and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, 2009).
As a consequence, existing flood management strategies have been revised and adapted to developments. The 2007 European Flood Directive calls on EU member states to develop flood risk management plans by 2015.
Initial surveys and studies showed which competencies and resources are needed to meet the expectations of the flood risk management plans (www.defra.gov.uk, July 2010). The results of the studies include recommendations for action to ensure the development of competences and capacities of all those involved in flood risk management.
The SeCom project contributes to these three recommendations for action:
- Enhancement of knowledge and competence in the field of flood risk management for existing personnel.
- Capacity building of the still studying generation of engineers by providing education and training courses.
- Provision of cooperation tools and access to critical information for public decision-makers and stakeholders, with the aim of knowledge transfer.
Tasks and Goals
The main objective of this project is to develop knowledge in the field of flood risk management for experts and students. This is done by identifying synergies, sharing knowledge and promoting and improving cooperation between universities and communities of interest.
- Development of a dynamic and active tool that allows the target groups to test their knowledge about flood risk management.
This tool helps to identify gaps in knowledge that are hindering the implementation of the EU Flood Framework Directive.
- Development of an innovative, active and problem-oriented learning method in the field of flood training and further education.
which is based on Web2.0 and game based learning.
- Development of a flood-based training module for flood experts (in which also students can be involved to gain practical experience).
Here modules are developed for students in the field of flood risk management. Here a large part of the focus is on the EU Flood Framework Directive.
Group A: Trained flood experts from public institutions
- The main needs are to gain knowledge about the EU Flood Framework Directive and its relation to the EU Water Framework Directive.
- This group must be able to exchange flood-specific professional knowledge across Europe and thus also benefit from external flood measures.
- They only have limited time to carry out adequate training and to obtain information across national borders.
- They need to be able to learn such important and difficult topics in an attractive environment. They must also have access to expert knowledge.
- Recent survey results in the field of flood risk management show that the topic of flood water, especially the EU Flood Framework Directive, has a degree of difficulty that should not be underestimated.
This project will have a major impact on the water sector in Europe. It will bring together many EU universities and professional institutions to learn, plan and better implement flood risk management.
SeCom will provide Group A experts with the necessary knowledge and experience through various tools:
- Internet-based learning materials
- Virtual rambles through rivers and various flood scenarios
- Group-based game environment
- knowledge checks
- Joint learning from fellow students as well as from experts Learning modules of the theoretical areas
- Game based learning with the help of a river and flood simulation with different scenarios which will be offered EU-wide.
- RWTH Aachen: LFI Project Management – eLearning and Hydrology Experts – Experimenting, Validating, Usability Testing from the Students’ Perspective – Member of Sustainability committee
- Polytechnico di Milano – METID: eLearning- und Pädagogikeyperten – Leadership of pedagogically based work packages – Member of Sustainability committee
- TU Vienna – Hydrology: Hydrology experts and heads of work packages including publication and dissemination – Water management development – Member of Sustainability committee
- HKC Cologne: Expert in flood and flood scenario simulation – providing the necessary flood management data – skills and roles required.
- Zone 2 Connect: Development of a Unity 3D based virtual environment and a serious game.