Resilient Cities are Smart Cities
Nature Based Solutions offer a holistic response to the functionality of flood resilience
Senscity, formed in 2017 has focused on monitoring the climate resilience of urban environments, under the auspice of connecting Green Infrastructure, or Nature Based Solutions, to understand how it supports adaptation within a city. This information can be used to drive critical decision-making in regard to nature based solution strategies and policies as well as climate resilience targets and adaptation plans.
“Nature Based Solutions are the lungs of the city, and its how we treat them as being vital for how cities function in the future.”
Joe Glesta, Senscity
”A city is living and breathing in the same way as your body,” describes Joseph Glesta Co-Founder and CEO at Senscity. ”You have all these different organs that work to keep you alive and healthy, just as Natural Infrastructure Solutions support the health of a city.”
Natural infrastructure solutions pose multiple benefits to cities, considering flood resilience from stormwater runoff, micro-climate cooling as well as providing beautiful urban green environments for its citizens. Flood resilience and climate cooling are major beneficial components to the health and resilience of a city and reducing the systemic stresses from climate impacts is top of the agenda for many urban green decision makers.
“We chose to work with Sensoterra because their solution is completely plug & play. By working with various sensors for weather data, temperature, and satellite mapping, we can aptly determine the performance of assets across a city and therefore understand the resilience of a place.”
Senscity develops solutions to monitor natural infrastructure systems, across urban environments. Senscity works with municipal decision makers to provide real-time insights into the current situation across nature based solutions. To further drive citizen engagement and awareness of natural infrastructure, monitoring sites may
include public access QR codes to show analyzed data for urban climates and environments.
When prolonged drought is experienced, there is an increased risk of decreased water permeability in the soil, resulting in more water runoff and increased flood risk when heavy rain occurs.
“With Sensoterra soil moisture data we can determine when irrigation needs to take place to maintain the operational viability of these Green Infrastructure sites.”
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