A Research and Innovation story

In an urban environment with rivers that can burst out of their banks within a blink of an eye, every minute counts. Early warning can make that difference, but in order to issue early warning, forecasting systems, fed by monitoring need to be in place. The most tangible and practical forecast can be provided by a gauge that measures water levels and river flows upstream, several hours travel time distance from the area of interest. But flow observations are difficult to establish and maintain, because equipment is expensive, sensitive to damage during high flows, and mostly needs to be positioned on a bridge, exposed to theft and vandalism. That is why Resilience Academy partner Delft University of Technology, conducted an MSc study to figure out if simple CCTV cameras can do the job. …

An impact story

By: OMDTZ team

In collaboration with Deltares and with funding from GIZ, OMDTZ was able to collect accurate and precise river cross-section surveys using an innovative, low-cost technique developed by the Resilience Academy and OMDTZ. This is one of the first services by a local firm in Tanzania based on a new affordable chipset that allows for cm-precise GPS surveying. More services such as much needed cadastral mapping will follow.

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The low-cost technique makes use of a first of its kind affordable GPS chipset, that can provide cm-precise surveys. Professional grade equipment delivering this sort of precision normally costs in the order of 2,000 to 10,000 USD, but this equipment can be acquired for about 300 USD. Connected with a smart phone with the OpenDataKit surveying app, this opens doors to powerful services for e.g. …

A series of blog posts on the impacts of new tools, knowledge and skills to build resilient cities

By the Resilience Academy Team: Alexa Haden (World Bank), Hessel Winsemius (Deltares), Louise Petersson (World Bank), Niina Käyhkö (UTU), Msilikale Msilanga (UTU), Mercy Mbise (UDSM), Zakaria Ngereja (ARU), Ernest Mauya (SUA), Makame Makame (SUZA), Christopher William (UDSM), Larissa Duma (World Bank), Edward Anderson (World Bank)

Image materials are from @fundi_films credits: Chris Morgan / World Bank

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The Tanzania Resilience Academy trains young people with tools, knowledge and skills to address the world’s most pressing urban challenges and to discover solutions for resilient urban development. A strong focus lies on methods and practices that rely on open, affordable and locally adaptable tools and technologies, that allow involving local participation in mapping, monitoring, and better understanding the urban environment, identifying risks and opportunities, reducing risk, and improving managing and responding to emergencies. In the coming period, we will report on new exciting events, datasets, research and innovations in this blog page. …


Resilience Academy

Universities in Tanzania working on Climate Risk Data Repository, University Student internships cooperation and develop open-access edu materials and training.

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