When and where will heavy rain occur? How can citizens and emergency services be warned of an approaching event? Because in the event of heavy rain, every minute counts in order to take short-term measures to reduce damage and get to safety. An advance warning also helps emergency services to act proactively, i.e. to establish operational readiness and to already be on their way to affected areas in order to be able to act quickly there.
The heavyRAIN research project, launched in September, aims to lay the groundwork for this over the next three years. The goal of the project is to develop an AI-based early warning system for heavy rain. The AI will rely on a broad data base of IoT (Internet of Things) measuring devices, classic meteorological measurements, radar data and satellite data. With the help of the data, the AI should not only recognize how a cell moves, but also already recognize its formation. This should provide early warning of heavy rain events.
The project is initiated and carried out by the start-up Okeanos Smart Data Solutions GmbH from Bochum, hydro & meteo GmbH from Lübeck, the Bochum Institute of Technology gGmbH and the NRW State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection. They are supported by the cities of Bochum, Hagen, Lübeck and Lüdenscheid, which will simultaneously act as locations for the field studies. Together with the cities, complementary, high-density measurement networks with IoT precipitation sensors will be set up over the next 12 months to form the basis for the AI model.
Furthermore, the project consortium is supported by the German Weather Service, Emschergenossenschaft & Lippeverband, Stadtwerke Bochum Netze, Wetternetz Hagen, Stadtwerke Lüdenscheid & Herscheid, Travekom, Wirtschaftsbetriebe Hagen and Technische Hochschule Lübeck.
The heavyRAIN project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport as part of the mFUND innovation initiative with a total of 1,608,481 euros.