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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 is 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,

We are fast approaching the half-way point for BINGO with success. We have completed 24 months of intense teamwork, with most of the climate prediction results available and models calibrated for the water cycle impacts modelling at the six Research Sites. The identification of hazards and risk strategies based in the institutional and governance framework are also already being addressed.
All scientific and practical work is being implemented through a continuous process of sharing and discussing with national stakeholders in face-to face-meetings, as well as in our Communities of Practice (CoP) virtual platform. By the end of June, the BINGO Consortium will have successfully published 30 Deliverables and met 15 Milestones, implemented three meetings with the full project team and more than 100 sectorial meetings focused on local, regional and thematic issues, and disseminated BINGO in more than 10 international fora. These are excellent outputs, and we are proud of them.
The BINGO 2nd Year Progress Meeting will be held in Mülheim on 26-29 June. It will be the perfect place and time for inspired and fruitful discussions. Where we are; what is in line (or not) with our expectations; what is controversial and what is consensual? Also, what are the differences and commonalities between the BINGO Research Sites experiments? The venue at Mülheim will allow for a great meeting with tangible outcomes and memorable moments of friendship, joy and productivity.
I am looking forward to meeting you there!

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

Building community resilience to climate change
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has been funding two action research projects on how to build community resilience to climate change – one focused on building climate resilience in areas prone to flooding in Scotland and the second examining how to build community resilience in the context of urban heat in London, England. These projects involved bringing communities and local institutions together to try to support resilience building. The reports of findings provide new insights into the systemic nature of resilience and the pinchpoints in relation to responding effectively which may affect communities around community capacity and ability to manage household budgets.
They also highlight the generally untapped potential of voluntary and community organisations in providing links to vulnerable communities who might need support in extreme weather, like heatwaves. The work highlights how communities are generally willing to engage with the issues and help develop solutions when brought into local discussions about how to develop responses, but the challenge of ensuring leadership and partnership working over the long term to embed solutions.
Katharine Knox,
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, United Kingdom
BINGO Project Advisory Board
BINGO Presentation at EGU 2017

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU) 2017 took place in Vienna, Austria, from 24th to 28th of April.

The EGU 2017 brought together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. BINGO and IMPREX hosted a session on climate extremes and water services.

The Wupper Association presented the classification and plausibility assessment of historical and future weather and climate anomalies (application for the Wupper River Basin, Germany), a contribution under the Hydrological Sciences (HS) session. The presentation was focused on the comparison of ground observations and data from the Regional Climate Models (RCMs) delivered by FU-Berlin (WP2) by means of hydrological modelling and statistical approaches, such as SPI (Standardized Precipitation Index).


Paula Lorza from Wupperverband

  Assessment of the impacts of extreme weather events

BINGO's work package 4 addresses the impacts of climate change extreme events scenarios on key water-related socio economic activities and on people and property safety. Its final outcome is risk assessment, meaning ranking by their magnitude the risks affecting the objectives established at each research site, and decide which are acceptable or which require treatment.

At this stage, the first step of the process was concluded, including the establishment of the risk management objectives and the identification of the context framing the selected socioeconomic activities. This step will serve as a basis for development of all the remaining adaptation strategies. Continuity of water supply is the major concern during droughts. People and property safety are the major concerns during floods. Environmental protection, reduction of financial losses and avoidance of reputation damage are also relevant objectives.


  A Journey through the Portuguese BINGO Community of Practice

The BINGO project uses the methodology “Community of Practice” (CoP) to organize the interaction between different types of stakeholders with interest in the project (researchers, companies, utilities and governments). The CoP system implies a set of workshops with specific goals, which take place across the six BINGO research sites in Europe.

So far, the Portuguese CoP has come a long way since the day it started “Setting the Scene” to the day we can claim that “Yes, We Are Prepared” for adapting to climate change.





  The journey started on February 16th, 2016 with the aim to set the scene in the Tagus Basin. The objectives of the first workshop were ambitious as this was the first time that the group was meeting. This workshop was the starting point to promote dynamic interactions and discussions on the climate risks in the Tagus Basin.

  During the first workshop the CoP's perceptions of the challenges and risks affecting the Tagus Basin proved to be more complex than anticipated, which led to the organisation of the second workshop on April 5th, 2016. Under the motto “Setting the Scene”, the second workshop was extremely productive and allowed the CoP to identify and map the main challenges of the Tagus Basin.

  The third workshop was held under the motto “Are we prepared?” and took place on October 25th, 2016. This workshop aimed to promote a productive discussion about how can we adapt to the challenges faced by the research sites and which measures need to be implemented.

  The fourth workshop took place on May 3rd, 2017 under the theme “Yes, WE ARE (prepared)”. This workshop was extremely interactive among the CoP members, who explored adaptation measures and governance aspects.

Stakeholder perspectives from Cyprus on climate change
         Take a look into this interesting video!
picture The current year is turning out to be a very dry year. Rainfall in Cyprus Research area is only 40% of the long-term average rainfall, which is disastrous for our rainfed crops”.
Adriana Bruggeman,
The Cyprus Institute
  Testimonials from our researchers

picture Moin! I'm Edmund, a postdoc at the Institute for Meteorology, Freie Universität Berlin, and part of the BINGO Work Package (WP) 2 team.

I'm responsible for the numerical modelling component of the FUB's contribution to WP2. We produce the climate model data, at medium and high spatial resolution, that's used by the hydrological modellers in WP3 to drive their catchment-scale hydrological models. High-resolution climate simulations, O(km), add critical fine-scale detail at the catchment scale and add value through improved representation of important atmospheric processes, such as convection; this is particularly beneficial for studying extreme precipitation events. Computationally, however, such simulations can be prohibitively expensive. In WP2 we tackle this issue by focusing on extremal episodes, that is weather patterns with an increased likelihood of producing extreme precipitation. We first identify extremal weather patterns for each research site, and then selectively dynamically downscale coarser resolution climate simulations on those days where such extremal patterns are present. A large ensemble of extreme precipitation events is thus produced for each catchment. We hope that, through our BINGO colleagues, these data will support water management decisions and hydrological modelling at the BINGO research sites.”

Edmund Meredith,
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Dynamically downscaled precipitation extreme for the Wupper catchment, Germany. Event downscaled to 2.2-km resolution (left) from the 12-km driving model (right). In the coarser model (right), the precipitation extreme can be seen to be too spatially widespread and locally not intense enough, well-known issues with coarser resolution models. On the left, the high-resolution model ameliorates these deficiencies, giving a more realistic simulation and adding important fine-scale detail.

picture Last December, we completed an encompassing study of governance strengths and weaknesses for adaptation to climate change at the six BINGO research sites. This study is a good representation of the “action” component of the BINGO project.
Coordinated by KWR, the analysis came about with a vast collaborative input from project partners at all research sites. Comparatively, the analysis yields interesting insights about common and regional governance challenges for adaptation to climate change in Europe. For example, it demonstrates that regions tend to focus on historical risks and overlook new risks posed by climate change, which reinforces a sectoral approach to climate change adaptation. Such insights are relevant for other European countries as well.
For this reason, I presented our findings at the first Pan-European Water and Sanitation Safety Planning and Extreme Weather Events (WSSP) conference held on 6-7 April in Bilhoven, the Netherlands. The presentation can be found here. It was a fruitful conference, the presentation was well-received and I learnt a lot about new adaptation approaches developed in other sectors and parts of Europe.”

Emmy Bergsma,
KWR Watercycle Research Institute, The Netherlands

picture Hello! My name is Pablo Sánchez. As a member of AQUATEC, we are participating in BINGO as the stakeholders of Badalona. I am also doing my PhD thesis at UPC.
I am studying how sediment is transported through the sewer network, which is one of the main causes of blockages, bad behaviour of mechanical devices and pollution of the receiving water bodies. Traditional assessments, which are included in the main commercial softwares, are based on methodologies developed for river streams. In these cases, the particle diameter is bigger and the content of organic matter lower. Hence, results are not reliable and usually over estimated when apply traditional methodology to sewer network. A high content of organic matter offers cohesive properties that increase during dry periods, as it is expected to happen based on the current predictions for climate change. My task consists in implementing new and specific approaches in the hydraulic model used for the flooding and combined sewer overflows assessments in Badalona sewer network.”

Pablo Sánchez,

BINGO overview article in Water Solutions

The IWW Water Center developed an overview article in Water Solutions inspired by BINGO's methodology. The article was published in January's edition and is focused on how BINGO will provide more adequate near-term predictions of the distribution of relevant climate variables, at the temporal scale required for modelling both average situations and extreme at the regional and local level. The article addresses the example of the German research site, the Wupper Basin, and focuses on how to assess the impact of extreme weather events and average climate variability conditions on water quality and quantity.

To access the full article click here.


BINGO published on EASME website

A short article about BINGO, named “Climate change: Innovation in water management”, was published in the EASME website on February 22nd. This article focuses on how BINGO will contribute to the reduction of the uncertainty of near-term climate predictions and describes the response strategies that are being developed to better cope with climate projections. According to EASME, climate change has been affecting the water cycle, which intensifies the risk of heavy rains and extreme droughts, entailing several environmental and social problems.
To access the full article click here.

BINGO article: Atmospheric Research

G. Zittis, A. Bruggeman, C. Camera and P. Hadjinicolaou from the Energy Environment and Water Research Center of the Cyprus Institute along with J. Lelieveld from the Department of Atmospheric Chemistry of the Max Plank Institute for Chemistry developed an article focused on the eastern Mediterranean climate change hot-spot: “The added value of convection permitting simulations of extreme precipitation events over the eastern Mediterranean”.
To improve simulations of extreme rainfall events, the authors analyzed the performance of different convection and microphysics parameterizations of the WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) model at very high horizontal resolutions (12, 4 and 1 km).

To access the full article click here.

D2.3 - Definition of extremal circulation patterns, present climate

This deliverable addresses the issue of identifying large-scale atmospheric patterns with a higher probability of producing extreme precipitation events for the research sites. The Wupper catchment, located in western Germany, has been used in this text to illustrate the approach followed in WP2. The methods used here combine the definition of weather types based on a sophisticated clustering algorithm (Simulated ANnealing and Diversified RAndomisation, SANDRA) and a local approach based on meteorological predictors of intense precipitation in the vicinity of the catchment. This combination exploits the benefits of including highly non-linear drivers of extreme precipitation via a discrete set of weather types and the flexibility of local continuous variables such as convective available potential energy (CAPE), relative humidity and winds.

Monthly frequencies for daily precipitation over 10 mm (left) and 21 mm (right) for the period 1979-2013 in the Wupper catchment.


D2.5 - Ensembles for present climate extremal episodes downscaled to 7km/6h (3-1km/1h); maps of return levels for Cyprus research site

This deliverable consists of data for present climate extremal pattern episodes (15 days duration) downscaled to 12km and 4km/6h (20 ensemble members) and to 1km/1h (5 ensemble members) for the Cyprus research site. Five extreme rainfall events over Cyprus were identified from observations and were dynamically downscaled from the d from the ERA-Interim (EI) dataset with the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), for 15-day periods centered around the peak of each event.

Simulation domains of the eastern Mediterranean region centered over Cyprus for the 12 km (WRF-D01 – left panel), 4 km (WRF-D02 – middle panel) and 1 km (WRF-D03 – right panel) simulations.


D2.6 - Ensembles for decadal prediction extremal episodes downscaled to (3-1km/1h); Spatial stochastic precipitation generator for catchments

This deliverable consists of two components. First, a spatial stochastic precipitation generator is developed for the catchments. Second, extremal episodes are identified from the decadal predictions and downscaled with the COSMO-CLM to a resolution of 2.2-km and 1 hour for all sites except Veluwe (see changes with respect to the DoW) and Cyprus.

The locations of the stations


D2.7 - Ensembles for decadal prediction extremal episodes downscaled to 1km/1h for Cyprus research site

This deliverable is about the generation of high temporal and spatial resolution data for future extremal precipitation episodes (15 days duration). This was achieved by applying the dynamical downscaling method. Three extreme rainfall events over Cyprus were identified from the global MiKlip decadal prediction system.

Simulation domains of the eastern Mediterranean region centered over Cyprus for the 12 km (WRF-D01 – left panel), 4 km (WRF-D02 – middle panel) and 1 km (WRF-D03 – right panel) simulations.


Getting to know the partners:


AQUATEC is a water and environmental technology company that belongs to Suez Advanced Solutions. The Urban Drainage Direction within Aquatec (with currently 25 professionals) has as main activity the transformation of the traditional urban drainage management of cities into advanced ones on the basis of knowledge and applied R+D+i. Although our core activity is based on planning and projects and operation support systems, we have an important core of experts dedicated to R+D+i with main focus on: smart and efficient management of urban drainage systems; reduction of impacts in receiving waters; advanced flooding management; resilience, mitigation and adaptation measures in a climate change context; Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems or rainwater harvesting for urban uses.

The role of Aquatec in BINGO project is the coordination of Badalona case-study where the main objective is to increase the resilience of the urban drainage system of the city through innovative solutions such as: 1D-2D coupled modeling of the sewer network; flood risk assessment (for citizens and vehicles); sewer’s sediment assessment; environmental risk assessment due to CSOs (public health and indirect damages on tourism) or early warning system coupling radar predictions, sewer model and marine model simulation results. Aquatec is also responsible of task 4.2 on “Relevant hazards, risk sources and factors for each key sector and research site”.



InterSus is a small environmental policy consultancy (SME) working for several national and international clients at the interface between science and policy. It is specialized in environmental economics with a focus on impact assessment of policies, cost-benefit assessments, evaluation and capacity building/training. It has supported the development and implementation of European policies on a number of different topics and worked extensively in the EU, especially in the Mediterranean region and the Balkans, as well as in Africa and Central Asia.

In BINGO, InterSus is involved in the tasks surrounding economic, social and governance analysis of adaptation measures and strategies (WP5) and assessing the practical adaptation planning in the six research sites. Furthermore, it is involved in the identification and assessment of BINGO climate risks and risk/adaptation strategies (WP4) and in dissemination activities (WP7). A focus in WP6 cross-cutting over WPs 4, 5 and 7 is the “Community of practice” work in the Wupper Case Study, in close collaboration with IWW.

Upcoming BINGO events


3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) | June 2-9, 2017

BINGO will attend the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA).
The theme of ECCA 2017 is ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. The Conference aims to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment.
ECCA 2017 is held in Europe but the focus is global, with presenters from 48 countries on five continents. The packed programme features three plenary sessions, 85 parallel sessions, a poster drinks reception, a Ceilidh and a film screening. This year, for the first time, there is a special Business and Innovation programme to be run in parallel with the first two days of the conference.

Stay tuned for more news.


BINGO 2nd Year Progress Meeting

The 2nd Year Progress Meeting will take place in Mülheim, Germany, on 27-29 June 2017.
The BINGO partners (20 organisations from six European countries) will meet for the third time, at the mid-term of the project, to present and discuss the work that has been developed in each of the 7 Work Packages and assess the project outcomes.
During the meeting, partners will have the chance to visit the Wupperverband research site. The Große Dhünn Reservoir is the second largest drinking water reservoir in Germany and one of the main tributaries of the Wupper River.

The Große Dhünn Reservoir

Other relevant events
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CD-LINKS: Linking Climate and Development Policies – Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing

CD-LINKS is a research project that brings together a consortium of nineteen leading international research organizations from around the globe to explore national and global transformation strategies for climate change and their linkages to a range of sustainable development objectives. For more information, click here.


CRESCENDO: Coordinated research in Earth Systems and climate: experiments, knowledge, dissemination and outreach

The CRESCENDO project, led by Prof Colin Jones from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Leeds facilitates a coordinated European contribution to the 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) where the climate research community compares a range of International Earth System Models using common sets of experimental protocols, to improve our knowledge of the Earth’s climate processes and provide the best possible future projections to governments and decision-makers. For more information, click here.

ANYWHERE: EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events

The ultimate objective of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizen's protection and saving lives. For more information, click here.
Project BINGO in 5 minutes!
pictureBINGO 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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