Flood Crowdsourcing and CCTV sites

by Sanita Vetra-Carvalho

Urban areas nowadays contain many observation networks such as CCTV cameras looking at buildings, streets, parking lots, rivers and traffic. Also, where there are people there are smartphone images,  which are another potential source of information that can be assimilated in urban flooding models to get more accurate flooding forecasts.

Increasing number of research teams and organisations are using this abundance of data and while much CCTV data is available as open data, smartphone images need to be collected from the community. Below we list the networks of CCTV data and crowdsourcing sites known to us for the areas we are interested in: London and the Thames Valley, Exeter, Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, and Tewkesbury. This list is not in any way extensive; if you know of further sites or webcams we would love to hear from you (email to: s.vetra-carvalho@reading.ac.uk)!

 

Traffic Webcams

London Traffic Cameras

Highway Traffic Cameras (England)

Leeds Traffic Cameras

Newcastle Traffic Cameras

M5 Southbound (inc. Exeter)

SouthWest Cameras (inc. Exeter)

Reading Town Traffic Cameras

 

River Watercams

Upper Thames Sailing Club (Cookham, Berkshire)

Farson Digital Watercams (UK wide)

Canal and Waterway list of watercams

Avon National Trust live river cameras (Tewkesbury)

 

Live CCTV Cameras

Exeter IP Cameras

 

Crowdsourcing sites

Met Office WoW site (UK wide)

FloodCrowd (UK wide)

Cobweb (EU wide)

 

Other useful flooding websites

Flood Map from Environmental Agency

National River Flow Archive

Loddon Valley Flood Action Group