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BINGO is a 48 month Horizon 2020 Climate Action project launched in July 2015.  
It 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 will be on 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 dawn of the New Year is always appropriate for making wishes and plans, with renewed energy and expectations, how to achieve and go beyond our everyday jobs. In BINGO we just completed 18 months of a great team work. In a few months (June 2017) we will be at mid-term of the project and reaching the development of relevant results. The downscaled climate predictions for the near future are already available for the 6 research sites and the hydrologic-hydraulic modelling is taking place. The risk analysis results will soon demonstrate what are the predicted impacts of extreme events in the water cycle and water uses. The two planned workshops for 2017 within the 6 Communities of Practice will continue to engage the active participation of the different actors in the advancement of knowledge and in the support to actionable adaptation measures.
I perceive 2017 as a period not only of paramount relevance for BINGO, but also as a golden opportunity to share and team up with affiliated H2020 projects, among others. In this line, several participations in international conferences and forums are planned. Also the Project Advisory Board members, chaired by Paul Fleming from the climate resiliency programme of the Seattle Public Utilities (USA), are prepared to help BINGO findings to be shared beyond Europe. I am looking forward to count with the continuous and exceptional commitment of the BINGO team to make 2017 an outstanding year.

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

First Year of Project BINGO!
picture In the work that you're doing you'll be looking at the adaptation responses for work management and what would be really good is to see if it can bring any thinking around who might be most vulnerable.”
Katharine Knox, BINGO Project Advisory Board
pictureI think that during this period of changes at the national government level, it's really important that BINGO focuses on local government and local decision making.”
Paul Fleming, Chair of BINGO Project Advisory Board
BINGO Workshops with end users #2
As part of the WP5 activities, a series of workshops were carried out at the six BINGO research sites in month 15 of the project, with participation from relevant stakeholders. These included representatives from research and innovation centers, regional and local administration, local services, irrigation and farmers associations, private industry (such as chemical and power generation), water utilities, and policy bodies. This all-round representation allowed for the workshops to tackle and discuss critical events and their causes in each research site, such as urban flooding and CSO events in Badalona, population increase, urbanization and water leakages in Bergen, or water availability for farmers and domestic supply in Cyprus, among others. Participants in the workshops were appreciative of the chance to share their perception and discuss different adaptation strategies to climate change, from their own needs perspective.


Attendance at the Veluwe (Netherlands) research site - Month 15 Workshop


  Testimonials from our researchers
picture Hello! I am Marta Rodrigues, a researcher from the BINGO team. Together with my colleagues at LNEC, I am studying how the changes in climate may affect the landward intrusion of saltwater in the Tagus estuary. This estuary supports several activities that may be negatively affected by the upstream propagation of salt, such as the agriculture along its upstream margins. In our research we are using numerical models to analyse present and future scenarios of the salinity distribution. We are also developing some field work to collect information about water levels and salinity. Recently we published some of our first results. If you are interested in knowing more about them, click here.”

Marta Rodrigues,


Testimonials from our end users - Bergen, Norway
BINGO is built around six research sites that represent different challenges in terms of water management options and approaches. Testimonials from key end users were collected with the aim to better understand the issues faced in each research site. These testimonials are focused on how changes in climate scenarios can impact the cities and society in general.
picture The temperature increase is going to impact a lot of different parts of the society but I think the most important thing is the change from snow to heavy rain in the winter”

Erik Kolstad,
Senior Researcher Bjerknes Center for Climate Change / Uni Research

picture Problems with water quality in the sea and lakes will occur due to overflows.”

Magnar Sekse,
Director, Agency for Water and Sewerage Works, City of Bergen

picture It’s important that we all understand that we must live with the changed weather.”

Eva Britt Isager,
Head of Climate Section, City of Bergen


Climate predictions and downscaling to extreme weather (WP2)

WP2 has developed a strategy for the identification of weather situations conducive to intense small-scale precipitation events, based on large-scale weather patterns. This is used to select particular episodes from the previously-generated coarser (12km) climate data, to be downscaled to a very high resolution of about 2 km. These new data are provided to the research sites through our web interface. Furthermore, WP2 has derived maps of exceedance probabilities for extreme precipitation at each Research Site based on local station data. These maps are available for annual and monthly precipitation maxima. The Figure shows the 100-year return-level for the Wupper catchment for the 12 months of the year.


Developing risk treatment and adaptation strategies for extreme weather events (WP5)

In WP5, work was done around the central theme of the second round of workshops “Are We Prepared?”. The Communities of Practice across the six research sites identified and discussed adaptation measures that will be further analyzed in BINGO. Also, an assessment of the policy and governance situation was done, based on interviews with stakeholders, experts and policy makers.
These are the first steps in developing adaptation strategies and creating the right circumstances to implement them. In the coming months the adaptation measures will be analyzed on their governance needs and their economic and social impact. Get in contact with us if you would like to be involved.


Attendance at the Badalona (Spain) research site - Month 15 Workshop

BINGO recognised in Norway
In the past year, much attention has been drawn to the BINGO project in Norway. Shortly after hosting the 1st annual BINGO meeting in June 2016, Bergen K was portrayed in a newsletter from the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization for their participation in the BINGO project. Further on, the project has been presented at several events, including seminars, national conferences and a gathering of 250 leaders organized by the municipality in Trondheim. These presentations were held by Bergen K and NTNU upon request from e.g. The Research Council of Norway and The Norwegian Environment Agency.

Young Scientist Award on BINGO presentation
BINGO’s researcher George Zittis from the Cyprus Institute received a Young Scientist Award for the best oral presentation in the 13th International Conference on Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Physics (COMECAP 2016) held last September in Thessaloniki, Greece. His presentation was related to the BINGO activities and the dynamical downscaling of extreme precipitation events over the eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus.
COMECAP is a biannual international conference organised by the Hellenic Meteorological Society and this year was successfully hosted by the Department of Meteorology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Key results were also published in a book chapter of the conference proceedings.

Zittis G., Hadjinicolaou P., Bruggeman A., Camera C., Lelieveld J. (2017) High-resolution simulations of recent past extreme precipitation events over Cyprus. In: Perspectives on Atmospheric Sciences, Springer Atmospheric Sciences, ISBN: 978-3-319-35095-0

  Research Stay at Aquatec, Spain

PhD student Erle Kristvik from BINGO partner organization NTNU (Norway) will do a research stay at Aquatec (Spain) from mid-February to mid-April 2017. Bergen and Badalona research sites face similar stormwater related challenges and the aim of the research stay is to establish a closer collaboration across these sites.



D3.2 - Future Land and Water Use Scenarios

D3.2 reports the future land and water use scenarios at the six BINGO research sites. The scenarios consist of qualitative developments, for each of two future scenarios Economy First and Sustainability Eventually, developed within the EU FP6-project SCENES at the research sites. These qualitative developments are then translated into quantitative land use and water use tables. Prior to the results, the scope and methodology are explained and justified in the respective chapters. The results from this deliverable will be used to analyze the effect of land and water use on the hydrology of the research sites, compared to the effects of extreme weather events.

D3.3 - Calibrated water resources models for past conditions

This Deliverable presents the model applications at all six research sites. Special focus in this Deliverable is being paid to the modelling objectives, the model types, the data used and produced, the model results, as well as the model evaluation and discussion. D3.3 shows the wide variability of models developed and applied in order to bring innovation into water management practices. This is due to the fact that European water problems are diverse and BINGO aims at providing as many solutions as possible to mitigate those climate change related problems.

D5.4 - Current situation and recommendations for improvement at the research sites using the three layer framework

Deliverable 5.4 assesses the current policy and governance contexts for adaptation to climate change at the six BINGO research sites. For each research site, governance strengths and weaknesses are identified, based on which recommendation for improvement are offered. The report finds a common governance strength in a strong capacity to deal with existing water-related risks. For example, the Netherlands deals well with water safety risks, Cyprus has a clear policy framework on water scarcity and in the Norwegian city of Bergen, waste water risks are well managed. The downside of this focus on present-day risks is that new risks posed by climate change are insufficiently taken into account. Thus, health risks in Cyprus and the Netherlands and the risk of storm floods in Bergen remain largely untreated. The high degree of governmental fragmentation is identified as another common governance challenge. Because of this, information about the local water system is scattered and coordinative efforts, key to developing adaptation strategies, are hampered.

Getting to know the partners:

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI)

SPI is a private consulting company created in 1997 as an active centre of national and international networks connected to the research and innovation sectors. SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between national and international public and private organizations/companies/S&T institutes. SPI has coordinated and provided expert support on projects based in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Africa. Currently, SPI has 75 full-time staff located in the various offices of the company in Portugal, Spain, China, USA, Singapore and with an affiliated office in Belgium (Brussels) through the European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN). SPI also has established professional and business networks in Brazil and Angola.

R&DI is one of the main pillars of activity of SPI, applying its entrepreneurial approach, business experience, and fundamental scientific knowledge to support the advancement of R&DI. SPI is very active in the EC’s Framework Programmes (from FP5 to FP7 and now Horizon 2020).
In BINGO, SPI is responsible for the Dissemination and Communication (WP7) and for supporting the project management (WP1). Get in contact with SPI here.
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SPI locations (headquarters in Porto, Portugal)

Upcoming BINGO events


Bingo Consortium Meeting / Veluwe, Netherlands | February 1st/2nd 2017

On February 1st/2nd a workshop is planned at the Veluwe, Netherlands. Modellers from all six BINGO research sites, as well as representatives from WP2 (climate) and WP4 (risk analysis) will join the meeting. The focus of the workshop is set on dealing will bias-corrected climate data for past and future conditions and the integration of all six sites. Furthermore, a coordinated modelling agenda for the coming months will be discussed.


BINGO Workshops #3 / Research Sites | April 2017

The third series of local workshops will take place in April 2017. Where the previous workshop had as title ‘Are We Prepared?’, this round will provide the reassuring answer ‘Yes We Are’. In this workshop, the community of practice will lay the foundation for the economic and social assessment of the adaptation measures that will take place in the coming years.


Bingo Consortium Meeting / Mulheim, Germany | Last week of June 2017

The BINGO consortium meeting of 2017 will take place in Mulheim, Germany, on the last week of June. You can find information about the German research site here.


European Geosciences UnionGeneral Assembly 2017

BINGO and IMPREX are hosting a session on climate extremes and water services at EGU 2017 in Vienna, Austria | 23–28 April 2017. For more information click here.
Other relevant events
Other relevant initiatives


PLACARD’s (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction) mission is to be the recognised platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaboration between the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) communities. In the large and complex landscape of stakeholder networks, research, policy initiatives and information sources, the PLACARD hub will enhance the coherence of and give direction to CCA and DRR research, policy and practices, strengthening cooperation and countering fragmentation between the domains. For more information click here.

Climateurope: Linking Science and Society

Climateurope is the Europe-wide network for researchers, suppliers and users of climate information. This is a place to share best practices, gaps and recommendations and discover the state of the art about climate observations, modelling and services. Climateurope aims to coordinate and support Europe’s knowledge base to enable better management of climate-related risks and opportunities, thereby creating greater social and economic value. For more information click here.

PRIMAVERA: Developing a new generation of high-resolution climate models

PRIMAVERA is a Horizon 2020 project funded by European Commission. PRIMAVERA aim is to develop a new generation of advanced and well-evaluated high-resolution global climate models, capable of simulating and predicting regional climate with unprecedented fidelity, for the benefit of governments, business and society in general. For more information click here.

GREEN-WIN: Green growth & win-win strategies for sustainable climate action

The GREEN-WIN project is a major international transdisciplinary research collaboration applying a solution-oriented approach targeted at increasing the understanding of links between climate action and sustainability and overcoming implementation barriers through win-win strategies. The project critically assessing where and under which conditions win-win and in particular green growth strategies work in practice and where fundamental tradeoffs must be faced. For more information click here.
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