Peta Jakarta

The project has developed pioneering software to harness social media as a real time tool for both reporting and communicating vital information about flood conditions in the city of Jakarta.

The project has enabled faster response and a greater understanding of flood situations as they occur. In the long term, this research will form the foundation for better understanding of flood events in order to develop new adaptation options for megacity infrastructure in developing nations in south-east Asia; which are threatened by increased rainfall, rising sea levels and exponentially increasing populations. is a research project led by the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, in collaboration with the Jakarta Emergency Management Agency (BPBD DKI Jakarta) and Twitter Inc. Financial support from the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program enabled a critical advancement of the research collaboration.

This project enabled Jakarta’s citizens to report the locations of flood events using the social media network Twitter, thereby contributing to a web-based, publicly accessible, real-time map of flood conditions at these data were used by BPBD DKI Jakarta to cross-validate formal reports of flooding from traditional data sources, supporting the creation of information for flood assessment, response, and management in real-time.

In October 2014, eight members of BPBD DKI Jakarta travelled from Jakarta to Wollongong, Australia, to participate in a 10 day intensive research workshop at the SMART Infrastructure Facility. Not only did this workshop built trust between the members of the respective partner organizations, it also allowed for a more considered approach to the software and platform development. has demonstrated social media’s valuable niche within the disaster risk management information ecosystem; as an operational tool capable of providing decision support at the various spatial and temporal scales required by the different actors within city, offers an innovative and inexpensive method for the crowdsourcing of time-critical situational information in disaster scenarios.


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  • Dun, O. has been invited to contribute to a Special Issue on ‘Relocation after disasters – permanent and temporary options under examination’ for the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE). She will likely contribute a paper in relation to flood evacuationdecision-making amongst residents of informal settlements in Jakarta following a further data collection trip to Jakarta in 2016 as per UOW GC Year 2 funding.





  • Dr Tomas Du Chemin Holderness, EIS (ECR)
  • Dr E Turpin, EIS (ECR)
  • A/Prof Rodney Clarke, BAL
  • Dr Olivia Dun, ASSH (ECR)




This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.    Goal 13: Climate action    Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals