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BINGO is a 48 month Horizon 2020 Climate Action project launched in July 2015.  
BINGO aims at providing practical knowledge and tools to end-users, water managers, decision and policy-makers affected by climate change to enable them to better cope with all climate projections, including droughts and floods. The focus lies in six regions across Europe – in Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.
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Message from the Project Coordinator

Dear reader,

The first year of BINGO development has been intense and rewardable. We were firm in setting up the scientific and technical agenda, whilst being sufficiently flexible to cope with the dynamic alterations needed in any large scale project. We worked together and hard. In June 2016 we all met in Bergen for our 1st year meeting and had open and challenging discussions. We discussed our achievements and how we can improve. We grew as a team and continued to accomplish our targets. It was a great experience.
Please read our newsletter no. 2, for the latest results and activities of the project. As always we will keep informed about our developments and our updates through the BINGO website. Now it is time to wish you great Summer holidays. In the meantime, I invite you to join the BINGO Community of Practice group on LinkedIn!

Rafaela Matos
Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC), Portugal
BINGO Project Coordinator

Project BINGO in 5 minutes!
picture BINGO will promote an increase in public awareness of the effects of climate change and will enable a more efficient management of water resources in Europe and beyond."
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1st Year BINGO Annual Meeting, Bergen, 7-9 June 2016

Hosted by the Norwegian partner Bergen Kommune, the 1st BINGO Annual Meeting took place at the Svartediket Waterplant conference centre and the Bergen City Hall, in Bergen, Norway, on the 7-9th of June 2016. The meeting allowed for BINGO partners to present and discuss the developments and achievements of the first twelve months of the project across the seven Work Packages, as well as to better plan the activities for the second year. BINGO Partners also had the opportunity to share the experience of the work being done at each research site and identity points of cooperation and interfaces. A field visit to Løvstien was also conducted.

Bergen (Norway)
7-9 June 2016


WP2 Activities - Climate Predictions

WP2 provides the climate data needed as input to hydrological models run in WP3. This information is typically available globally but on a coarse grid of 50km to 100km. WP2 transfers ("downscales") this data for the past (1979-2015) and the future (2015-2024) to a grid of 12km for Europe. This resolution is still not sufficient for analysing extreme precipitation events but a necessary intermediate step. A further downscaling to 2km will be performed only for the research sites and certain time episodes. The selection of these episodes is a further task and necessary to realize this effort within a reasonable time frame under limited computer ressources.

WP3 Activities - Workshop in Bergen

Researchers from all six BINGO research sites conducted a workshop in Bergen in June 2016. They discussed how field work, modelling and research in general can better be linked among the sites. With more than 20 hydrological models being developed and applied in BINGO, several models have been identified, which are being used at more than one site. Also, concerning field work, linkages between the Dutch, Cypriot and German site have been established. Climate modelers from WP2 joined the workshop to discuss the bias correction of the climate input data for the hydrological models as well as data provision.

Arendals Conference for Norwegian Municipalities
Bergen, Norway | 8-10 June 2016
BINGO was presented by Magnar Sekse at the Arendals Conference for Norwegian Municipalities. The presentation was entitled “Arendalskonferansen – Municipalities of the Future” (as part of the H2020 success stories at 11:25).

Link in Norwegian here.


Presentation of BINGO to German Water Administrations
Berlin, Germany | 3 March 2016
Eduard Interwies (InterSus - Sustainability Services) presented BINGO to develop a climate change "Screeningtool" for the German water administrations, funded by the German Federal Environment Agency.

Link in German here.


BINGO Publication on Pan European Networks: Government No. 19
BINGO publishes an article on Pan European Networks: Government (Edition No. 19), a magazine which brings together the leading developments and commentaries from across the political spectrum, whether at the local, regional, national, continental or global level. In this publication, entitled “BINGO – climate change and water cycle impacts”, Rafaela Matos, BINGO’s Project Coordinator, gives an overview of how BINGO works (overall objectives, expected impact and approaches) and presents the current status of BINGO, including its first results.

The publication will soon be available here.


Testimonials from our researchers
Training at Freie Universität Berlin - Staff mobility within BINGO

picture Hi! In February 2016, I visited the Institute of Meteorology of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), in Germany. I had received an ERASMUS+ staff mobility training grant for this visit. During my stay in Berlin, I had the chance to meet the FUB BINGO partners. The very fruitful week was mainly covered by discussions regarding the BINGO climate modeling strategies, progress and future plans. I also received training in the use of FREVA, the standardized data and evaluation system framework that was developed by the Institute of Meteorology in FUB. I have been also introduced to DECO, the plug-In for data extraction and conversion developed within and for BINGO. Additionally, the FUB colleagues shared with me their expertise in other topics including bias correction and climate data management focusing on water research."

George Zittis,
The Cyprus Institute


Master thesis on water resource availability in Bergen under climate change

picture Hello! My name is Erle Kristvik and I graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) spring 2015. The topic of my Master’s Thesis was water resource availability in Bergen under climate change. The study revealed that in the case of higher temperatures due to climate change there will be alterations in snow accumulation and snow melt, yielding an overall decrease in the drinking water supply capacity in Bergen. These findings emphasized the need to reduce leakages in the drinking water distribution network in Bergen such that future water demand can be met. Since then, I have continued my research work on this topic as part of the BINGO team and as a PhD student at NTNU. My work is now focused on how to make use of the available climate information in decision-making at the local level and of quantifying the consequences of climatic changes to water resources and storm water in Bergen."

Erle Kristvik,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Research activities in the Netherlands

picture In the Netherlands, the research site is the nature area ‘Veluwe’. Within BINGO, more reliable numbers for transpiration and rain interception of natural vegetation will be obtained via an experimental approach. As the Veluwe is largely forested, 10 tree species common to that area are studied. This experiment is set up at this moment. For measuring actual plant water use, young trees are planted in pots. Each of those pots is connected to its own water reservoir. Water use by the plant triggers a replenishment of the water in the pot via the reservoir. This amount can be read visually via a water meter. 100 of such systems will be installed in the field, of which 50 trees will receive sufficient amounts of water and 50 trees will undergo a drought treatment. Additionally, one individual of each species will be placed on a weighing balance, to measure daily transpiration patterns and rain interception. Next to tree water use, measurements will be done on the leaf level to identify how a number of traits is associated with plant water use, such as leaf vein density, stomatal index and carbon isotope ratios. This would potentially provide a useful tool for field assessments. The species-specific transpiration rates can be used for reducing uncertainty in evaporation estimates in hydrological models."

Stefanie Pflug,



EGU General Assembly

BINGO and IMPREX projects organised the joint session “Servicing water users by forecasting, outlooks and climate projections for water services” at EGU 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The presentations and discussions were very well received. Another joint session for EGU in 2017 is already envisaged.

More info here.


Adaptation Futures Conference

The Adaptation Futures Conference, the biennial conference of Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), took place in Rotterdam, 10-13 May 2016, co-hosted by the EC and the Government of the Netherlands. BINGO and IMPREX projects co-organized a successful Session on Moving towards tailored climate services in the water sector.


Deliverable 4.1
Context for risk assessment at the six research sites,
including criteria to be used in risk assessment

Deliverable 4.1 aims at setting up a common and clear understanding of all important risk variables at each BINGO research site. This report will be the basis for the future development of the three steps of risk assessment that will be performed in WP4: risk identification, risk analysis and risk evaluation.

The context for the risk management process in the six research sites was carried out. As far as systems are concerned, research sites were grouped in the following water depending systems:

Public water supply for droughts in Bergen, Tagus and Troodos RS;
Urban drainage systems for intense precipitations in Bergen and Badalona RS;
Agriculture for droughts in Tagus and Troodos RS;
Water resources management in Wupperverband (Drought and floods) and in the Veluwe (only drought).

For those systems a full risk management process will be later carried out, including designing adaptation strategies for climate change related challenges and measures to be taken at governmental level, river basin district level and at private and/or sectoral level.

Getting to know the partners:

Ajuntament de Badalona

Badalona is a city in eastern Catalonia (Spain) and is part of the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is situated on the left bank of the Besòs River and on the Mediterranean Sea, backed by the Serra de la Marina mountain range. With 220.000 inhabitants, Badalona is the third most-populated municipality in Catalonia. In economic terms Badalona is a dynamic, rich and diverse town. Trade and industry have played a major role in its history and still do in its economic development today. Within the City Council, the Public Way Department and the Environmental Department aim to improve the quality of life in the city by ensuring the maintenance of the streets, the different supply networks and the quality of the environment, including beaches and natural spaces. They have direct responsibility on maintenance of water and air quality, pavements, drainage and lighting.
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Badalona, a city in eastern Catalonia which is part of the Barcelona metropolitan area.


Wupperverband (Wupper Association)

The Wupper basin comprises an area of 813 km² over several municipalities. The Wupper River is the largest water body (115-km long), forming a river network of 2.300 km together with 900 streams. Wupper Association was founded in 1930 as a corporation under public law to provide sustainable watershed management for the community members: cities, municipalities, water suppliers, and trade and industrial organizations. Financed by membership fees, it operates fourteen reservoirs (total volume of 114 Mm³), eleven wastewater treatment plants, one sludge incinerator, sewer systems, and several stormwater and detention basins. About 126 Mm³/year of treated wastewater are discharged to the river system, and ca. 39 Mm³/year are provided as raw water for drinking water treatment.

The Große Dhünn Reservoir, the second largest drinking water reservoir in Germany

Upcoming events

WORKSHOP: Are we prepared? / All BINGO research sites | September 2016

The second round of workshops of the BINGO project will take place in September 2016. The motto of these workshops is “Are we prepared?”. The local Communities of Practice will start the discussion on adaptation strategies and measures, the core of the activities in Work Package 5.
How can we adapt to the challenges faced by the research sites? What does successful adaptation look like? What strategies and measures are already available? In addition, the first results from the governance and policy analysis will be topic of discussion. Is the governance and policy situation at the research sites fit for climate change adaptation?

Get in contact with us if you would like to be part of the discussions.


Other relevant events
  • H2020 Energy Efficiency Info Day
    Brussels, Belgium | 19 September 2016

    Why not plan ahead and get informed on Energy Efficiency funding opportunities for 2017? With more than €100M available in the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call 2017, with deadlines in January and June 2017, there are opportunities to fund market uptake projects through Coordination and Support Actions.

  • Climate Change - Climate Actors World Summit
    Nantes, France | 26 - 28 September 2016

    On a number of occasions, 2015 shone the spotlight on the strength of the commitment made by non-state actors in the fight against climate change. As the year drew to a close, the Paris Agreement secured at the COP21 provided a solid platform to mobilise the international community and the full spectrum of actors. This agreement, unprecedented in scale, places work by non-state actors at the forefront of climate solutions, and bolsters efforts to encourage their involvement to meet the targets for the 2015-2020 period. It also paves the way for all these actors to play a role in re-evaluating the contribution made by nation states by 2018.

  • LESAM 2017 Conference
    Trondheim, Norway | 20 - 22 June 2017

    The Leading Edge Sustainable Asset Management (LESAM) of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Conference will be hosted in Trondheim, Norway on the 20-22 June 2017. Themes for LESAM 2017 include among other topics best practices in Integrated Asset Management (IAM) organizational implementation, advanced data management and IT systems implementation and innovative technologies for condition monitoring and assessment and modeling solutions, advanced economic modelling and improved accounting methods for costs and benefices and a better understanding of what consumers expect.

Other relevant initiatives

Collaboration with Norwegian Research Council

The Norwegian Research Council made funding available to extend the impact of H2020 projects to a wider community in Norway. The Exnd-Bingo project will extend the work in the BINGO project to include the city of Trondheim, for a wider climate applicable result for Norway. The Exnd-Bingo will also initiate a collaboration with the Bjerknessenter, as a part of Exnd-Bingo, to further strengthen the results relevance to Norway building on their long standing record of excellence in climate research.

Norwegian Research Council


RESCCUE H2020 Project

RESCCUE (Resilience to cope with climate change in urban areas – a multisectorial approach focusing on water) had its kickoff meeting last 30-31 May, in Barcelona. The project aims to provide practical and innovative models and tools to end-users facing climate change challenges to build more resilient cities. The project, co-funded by Horizon 2020, is coordinated by Aquatec (SUEZ Water Advanced Solutions) and includes UN-Habitat, the 3 city councils (Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol), urban services companies, research centers (including LNEC), universities and SMEs. RESCCUE is a four year project with a budget of 8M€.

Norwegian Research Council

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