ComonSensing Project


The CommonSensing project

Mobi Publishing are proud to be one of the active team partners for the University of Portsmouth, through the University of Winchester, on the CommonSensing project.

The CommonSensing project is about building climate resilience in Small Island Development States (or SIDS) – namely Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Small island nations are increasingly on the frontline of the devastating impacts of climate change, not surprisingly given about a 3rd of the population live on land that is less than 5m above sea level.

CommonSensing is an ambitious multimillion-pound international project to use satellite remote sensing capabilities to support the SIDS in their efforts to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. It pushes forward the application of satellite data as well as disaster risk sciences.

Funded by IPP - International Partnership Programme, the UK Space Agency’s award-winning space for sustainable development initiative.  The IPP CommonSensing project is led by UNOSAT, the Operational Satellite Applications programme of the United Nationals Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), with further lead from the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Met Office and The Commonwealth Secretariat, the University of Portsmouth and other project partners including the governments from the Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

Details about the CommonSensing project and the main partners can be found at

The University of Portsmouth plays a key role in developing models and running in-country training exercises to help the nations improve their disaster risk resilience for the CommonSensing project.  Part of this is at the forefront of disaster risk science, which is where Mobi Publishing comes in by providing powerful tool to capture perceptions of and preparedness for disaster risk areas.  Key to this is the surveyPRISM  instrument, a novel yet powerful tool that has been tested and validated to capture peoples perceptions of risk.

Mobi Publishing also hosts the surveyPRISM survey instrument. A link to the survey is here. You can trial using the survey, it needs a User id and password, you can use User ID Trial, with Password Trial … all case sensitive.

A short video explaining the surveyPRISM instrument used on the CommonSensing project can be found here.

The surveyPRISM instrument can be supported with sophisticated data analytics to help analyse peoples’ responses.

Another aspect of the outputs is the geoRISK app to support local communities in accessing geo data. This has been developed by Dr Claire Ancient from the University of Winchester, a further partner with the University of Portsmouth on the CommonSensing project.

To find out more about the CommonSensing project, the in-country training activity, the powerful geoRISK app or to have access to the surveyPRISM tool to develop other Risk related surveys, please contact Dr Carmen Solana, email

More details about the University of Portsmouth contribution on the CommonSensing project and the team can be found at


“At the forefront of disaster risk science”



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