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Challenge / Goal

With the increase in high intensity rainfall events Aberdeen needs to create greater resilience and adaption measures. Enhanced understanding of flooding through the development of the North East Local Flood Risk Management Plans and SWMPS Surface Water Management Plans (under development), required by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and  with the introduction of the Property Level Protection Flood Grant, it has become increasingly more important we gather and share data. This will allow the community to manage their own response to flood risk alongside our response.


The aim of the SCORE project was to create open access to key watercourse and rainfall data across a number of sites in the city. Data is then presented to the public in the form of an App or web based display. This flooding data is also available as a dataset on the Aberdeen Open Data Portal for re-use by citizens, academics and SMEs. The data also provides data to Aberdeen City Council staff to undertake informed and proactive decisions about flood management. An additional Citizen science app is being developed by University of Bradford with citizens to report flooding issues. This will allow citizens in localities to inform their community of the flooding issue.

Citizen participation

Two apps are being promoted. Consultation on a citizen science flood reporting app and the flood warning network app, publishing open data. A flood warning network is being established. Further consultation is planned during trial of citizen science app. Advertisement of flood warning app will be promoted when they system is fully operational and reviewed.


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Time period

Planning time: 1 to 2 years

Implementation time: 1 to 2 years


Aberdeen City CouncilCity of Bradford Metropolitan District CouncilUniversity of BradfordOpen data testing SCORE Partner Cities

Service providers

Aberdeen City Council

End users

Officers and Citizens

    Main benefits

  • Increasing safety

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