Shoothill's GaugeMap Warns the British with River Level Information

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 26, 2014
References: gaugemap & fastcoexist
In the UK, there is a tool that tweets you river level information. Developed by Shoothill, GaugeMap is a flood prevention measure that sprung into being after England experienced the worst flooding it had seen in 250 years. Researchers predict the cost of damages due to flooding will reach $30 billion annually in Europe by 2050, so a timely solution is a pressing priority.

GaugeMap offers river level information in terms of the possibility of flooding, if one of the 2400 rivers in Wales and Great Britain is within typical range or is lower than usual. Individual sensors update the site every 15 minutes so affected parties (such as farmers and fishermen) can inform themselves. They can also subscribe to twice daily tweets from particular rivers.