Visdom – Innovative flood simulation for climate change adaptation and awareness raising

09 Industry, innovation and infrastructure11 Sustainable cities and communities13 Climate Action
  • Original Title: Visdom - Innovative Hochwassersimulation zur Klimawandelanpassung und Bewusstseinsbildung
  • Year: 2022
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Smart Settlements & Urbanization
  • Producer: Irmgard Fuchs, Jürgen Waser, Daniel Cornel, Andreas Buttinger-Kreuzhuber
  • Country: Austria
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The simulation software Visdom is a world-unique tool that can precisely simulate floods, heavy rainfall, and other climate change-related extreme weather events in a matter of seconds. For this, Visdom combines simulation, analysis, and visualization to map the way of a drop of water from the first second it falls from the sky: Where it lands, how it flows, and where it might cause damage. The Visdom simulation tool is ideally suited for precautionary and disaster management but also for planning water-sensitive urban and landscape planning measures – such as Sponge Cities. All this can be viewed very clearly in 2D, and also 3D, making complex simulation data easy to understand even for the general public.