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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,

In December 2017 BINGO has completed 30 months of intense teamwork and is currently finalising the Annual Report on its progress for the European Commission to assess. By December 2017, the BINGO Consortium had successfully published 34 Deliverables and met 16 Milestones, organised 30 workshops with stakeholders, disseminated BINGO in more than 12 international fora and was the subject of a Euronews program Futuris of the series Research in Action, a fantastic opportunity to share BINGO’s message to a large international audience.
The decadal climate predictions and projections of climate variables for the 6 BINGO research sites are now completed. More than 20 hydrological and water quality models have been calibrated and applied to past climate, and are now being run for future climate scenarios. The final results on the water cycle impacts for the 6 Research sites will be available by June 2018. All the project activities continue being carried out through a sharing and discussing process with national stakeholders as well as in the Communities of Practice (CoP).
In 22-25 May, all BINGO partners will meet again for the 3rd Annual Meeting, this time in Cyprus. Nicosia will be the perfect place and time for inspired and fruitful discussions: one year ahead of the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, ECCA 2019, that will be held in Lisbon, 28-31 May 2019. ECCA 2019 is organized by 3 H2020 projects, BINGO, PLACARD and RESCCUE with the sponsorship of the European Commission, The Ministry of Environment of Portugal and the Municipality of Lisboa.

Another exciting, busy and challenging year for All of us. Good reasons to keep the BINGO family highly motivated, cohesive and inspired!

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

BINGO Project featured on EC Success Stories
The European Commission - DG Research and Innovation published an article featuring BINGO Project in their "Success Stories" section, following up on the Euronews piece on the project.

The article, entitled "How global warming is changing when Europe's rain arrives", addresses the work of the 6 research sites in the context of climate adaptation, highlighting the different angles of the project's research.

Read the article here.


BINGO Workshops across Europe

Solving the Insolvable – Actionable Research Lab

The fourth round of BINGO workshops has delivered great results. BINGO challenged the participants to solve the unsolvable - a problem deemed impossible to overcome, identified in the previous workshops.

Spread across Europe, the CoP of The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus have been successful in providing BINGO with creative solutions to the unsolvable challenges of the impact of climate change in water resources.

The Netherlands (the Veluwe)
07 November 2017

Germany (Wupper River basin)
10 November 2017

Norway (Bergen)
16 November 2017

Portugal (Tagus)
16 November 2017

Cyprus (Troodos)
21 November 2017

Spain (Badalona)
26 January 2018


The last workshop in Badalona got picked up by the City Council’s media section and the Badalona TV station, which produced an article and a video news piece, respectively. You can read the article here, and watch the video news piece here – please note that they are in Catalan.
WP3 Meeting in Badalona
The BINGO partners have met in February 2018 at the Badalona research site to discuss the modelling results for future conditions, the climate data from WP2, strategies for future deliverables and interface between WP3, 4 and 5.

Additionally, the partners got to visit the Badalona research site, which allowed all the partners to discuss the current field work in all the research sites and identify points of cooperation and interfaces between sites.

Another fruitful meeting which delivered great results for the project!
Meeting in Badalona

Starting the preparations for ECCA 2019
Still one year ahead, but the work has already begun! The BINGO final conference will happen within the ECCA 2019, where we will be able to share our results with a large network of stakeholders from all over the world! The organisation has already selected the venue and is enthusiastically preparing the next steps .

We will soon have more information, so stay tuned!

You can also keep up to date with ECCA news by subscribing to the mailing list here.

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Adaptation Futures 2018, Cape Town: dates at risk due to water shortage
The 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, which was to take place in Cape Town on the 11th to 14th June 2018, is at risk of being postponed due to the serious water shortage the city is now facing.
This situation highlights the importance of adaptation strategies to tackle the serious climate change related problems, such as the availability of water resources. These issues have social, economic and political ramifications which can have profound damaging effects on the society.

Adaptation Futures 2018 will have as main focus the theme of “Dialogues for Solutions”, trying to move from the questions to the answers, from the identification of problems to the implementation of solutions. BINGO submitted an article and intends on being present to talk about the project’s results and promoting its final conference during the ECCA 2019 in Lisbon.

Find out more about this event here and/or register here.

ecca 2019 lisbon

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Importance of Communities of Practice in BINGO
pictureThe Communities of Practice give each of the Bingo research sites a shared history of learning. The CoPs are the key to ensuring that the output from the BINGO project is applicable with societal relevance."
Tone Muthanna, NTNU, leader of WP6
Stakeholder perspectives from Spain on climate change
pictureThe approach to risk in this project is quite correct, but I would add some others [risks]: for example the increasing in water temperature, the loss of biodiversity and the loss of territory”
César Mosso,
Researcher of Maritime Engineering Laboratory of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  Testimonials from our researchers
picture Hello! My name is Stefan Görlitz, and I work at the environmental policy consultancy InterSus - Sustainability Services, based in Berlin. We are involved in various BINGO Work Packages with a focus on policy, socio-economic and governance aspects.
After processing information on the governance aspects of climate change adaptation measures in the six BINGO research sites, we are now focusing on the economic/social analysis of such measures and whole adaptation strategies. The output of this analysis will inform policy and decision makers at the research sites about costs and benefits of options to adapt to climate change.
From a personal perspective, the BINGO project is an excellent opportunity to combine scientific work with more policy-oriented consultancy work we conduct for many years in water/marine management and climate change adaptation. Hence, the BINGO project is a perfect opportunity to get scientific results to the place where they really matter - local policy and decision makers.


Stefan Görlitz,
InterSus, Germany


WP2 – D2.9
Maps of Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves for Extreme Precipitation for the BINGO Research Sites

Katrin M. Nissen, Henning W. Rust, Uwe Ulbrich
Institute of Meteorologie, FU Berlin

Different types of precipitation events can have different effects, depending on several factors. Two important factors are the intensity of the event and its duration. To plan and manage risk, we need to have good predictions of the frequency of extreme events with a specific intensity and duration. Intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) curves are a tool to estimate and visualise these relations. Fig. 1 shows the IDF curve for annual maximum precipitation at the station Saedalen at the Research Site Bergen. Fig. 2 shows an example of the same logic adapted to a statistical model for “spatial IDF curves” for the Research Site Wupper.

To understand more about this deliverable, click here.

Figure 1 : IDF curve for station Saedalen (Bergen)


Figure 2: Maps of return levels (“spatial IDF curves”) for Wupper


WP6 – D6.5
Guidelines designed to create, feed and enhance “win-win” collaborations between researchers and stakeholders

Led by NTNU

Co-production approaches may be demanding and push willingness to change the status quo. This transition of attitudes and practices of “relevant knowledge co-production” to smarter societies is also often followed by initial instant frustration and/or un-empowerment feelings towards achieved complexity awareness. In the Bingo CoPs we have explored various tools and methods to overcome obstacles needed for adaptive resilience strategies to overlap this “valley of death” on such innovative processes. The D6.5 report gives guidelines based on experiences across a diverse set of issues of climate change adaptation for water management spanning Europe’s geographic and cultural differences.

You can access the deliverable here.

WP6 – D6.6
Interim portfolio of actionable research problems/challenges exploitation and development

Led by CYI

This document summarises the outcomes of the actionable research conducted between BINGO researchers and stakeholders. The actionable research labs accommodated in the M28 workshops enabled researchers and stakeholders to work together in real time, sharing their different experience and knowledge on the ‘unsolvable’ problems, identifying, prototyping and testing actionable solutions.

You can access the deliverable here.


Assessment of a three-dimensional baroclinic circulation model of the Tagus estuary (Portugal)

Rodrigues, M. and Fortunato, A.B.
2017, AIMS Environmental Science, 4/6: 763-787. DOI: 10.3934/environsci.2017.6.763



Research institute KWR develops and unlocks knowledge necessary for sustainable water provision in the urban water cycle: from water systems to water technology and (drinking) water quality. As an independent entity, KWR’s ambition is to bridge science to practice by providing the water sector with the means to identify and effectively meet the challenges of our time: from climate change to the increasing amount of contaminants, and the growing need to use space intensively and for multiple purposes.

In the BINGO project KWR is leading WP5, which analyses the socio-economic impacts and governance needs of risk reduction measures to support the development of adaptation strategies at the six research sites. This work is strongly connected with work in WP4 and WP6. KWR coordinates research on the Veluwe research site (with Province of Gelderland and Vitens) and researches water requirements of vegetation species.


The Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute (CYI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation, founded in 2005. It is an issue-orientated institution, emphasising international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and education. One of its three interdisciplinary research centres, the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC), launched in 2007, was developed in partnership with the MIT and is guided by an international Scientific Advisory Committee. The Centre has a PhD program in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences and is involved in various European and national funded projects related to water and natural resource management, environmental observations, and climate change modelling, impact assessments and adaptation. EEWRC cooperates with various government organizations and local enterprises on water, climate and environmental research.



CIMLT is an association with over 20 years of existence of 11 municipalities of the region ‘Lezíria do Tejo’. CIMLT’s territory has 4 267 km2 and a population of 247 453 (Census of 2011). Based on the slogan “Competitiveness, Solidarity and Identity”, CIMLT has been a key partner for effective sustainable development of the region. Over the past years, the community has assumed an increasingly greater role in defining integrated strategies for development, executing a series of projects and initiatives, whose advantages have been clear for the region.

CIMLT’s role in the BINGO project is mostly related to the Tagus River, which runs through our territory influencing everything from urban concentration to economic activities. The most relevant activity in Lezíria do Tejo is the agricultural sector, extremely dependent on the subjects studied by the BINGO project: water and climate changes.

Upcoming BINGO events


BINGO 3rd Year Progress Meeting

The 3rd Year Progress Meeting will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 22-24 May 2018. This will be the fourth meeting among all BINGO partners, gathering over 20 organisations from six European countries. The meeting will serve to present what BINGO has achieved so far, assess the results from the 7 work packages and discuss what lies ahead.

Check out how our last meeting went here.

BINGO partners in Mülheim, Germany, 27-29 June


EGU 2018 – Vienna, Austria

BINGO partners from FUB and IWW will be representing the project at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in April 2018, in Vienna.

This event will bring together scientists from all areas related to geosciences, to discuss their research and ideas with other experts.

Henning Rust (FUB) and Tim aus der Beek (IWW) will be co-hosting the joint BINGO-IMPREX session on "From sub-seasonal forecasting to climate projections: predicting hydrologic extremes and servicing water managers (co-organized)".

Find out more about EGU 2018 here.

World Water Forum – Brasilia, Brazil

BINGO Coordinator´s, Rafaela Matos, will be an invited expert in a Panel of the Regional Process Europe – Climate and Water at the 8th World Water Forum, on the 18th to 23rd March, 2018. The both BINGO and the ECCA 2019 event will be disseminated and promoted in several Sessions of the Forum and in the Portugal´s Pavilion at the Exhibition Hall.

This event, organised by the World Water Council, is considered as one of the most relevant water-related events. This year, the event will be focused on the topic of “Sharing Water”.

Find out more about the World Water Forum here.
Other relevant events
Other relevant initiatives

ERMIS-F: Online Environmental Risk Portal - Floods

ERMIS-F is a new Greek-Cyprus Interreg Project that will develop an online public information system for floods and other environmental hazards. The project will use GIS, hydrologic, climate and risk assessment models, as well as crowd-sourcing. ERMIS-F led by CYI is funded by the Interreg VA Program (2014-2020), Cross-border Cooperation of Greece of Cyprus, and co-funded by the European Union (ERDF) and National Funds.

KINDRA (Knowledge Inventory for Hydrogeology Research)

KINDRA is a HORIZON 2020 project that is conducting an EU-wide assessment of existing groundwater-related practical and scientific knowledge based on a new Hydrogeological Research Classification System (HRC-SYS).
For more information click here.

UNFCCC Momentum for Change - Fostering Cleaner Production | Colombia

An all-women leadership alliance is helping transform Colombia’s highly polluting construction industry into a cleaner, greener business. The initiative brings together leading women from academia, utility companies, public organizations and large and small industries to create partnerships to foster clean production practices.
For more information click here.
Project BINGO in 5 minutes!
pictureClimate change is seriously increasing the risk of heavy rains and extreme droughts. These weather extreme events are a major hazard at economic level and at social level.”
Take a look at this animated video introducing BINGO!
Finding solutions for climate change’s impact on water resources in Europe
pictureWorking with a wide range of stakeholders and co-designing solutions: the embodiment of open science and open innovation. (…) We can expect BINGO to provide many of the answers we need to improve water management in Europe.”
EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas delivered a video message to BINGO – the Horizon 2020 project examining the impact of climate change on the water cycle in Europe. Watch Commissioner Moedas' full video message.
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