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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 just back from Cape Town, South Africa, where we had the experience of sharing BINGO's outcomes at the Adaptation Futures Conference. This event came right after our 3rd Year Annual Meeting, 22 to 24 May, in Nicosia, Cyprus. 55 BINGO family members from the 20 Partners attended the annual meeting.
Two intense days of sessions, panels, discussions, engagement exercises, and one full day trip to the Cyprus Research Site were the perfect formula for very productive and gratifying discussions. The supreme organisation of our home Partners, CYI and IACO, the charming environment and the unsurpassed sympathy and will of local people made things go smooth, confident and convergent.
During the first half of 2018 our teams worked hard to almost finalise the scientific results and we, BINGO Coordinators, with the support of SPI, deeply intensified the activities in the core of ECCA 2019 Conference´s organisation.
The Cyprus meeting successfully marked the shift of the discussion from a research “mode” to solution oriented tools, products & services. The proactivity and the critical assessment of our water users, cities, communities and basin management authorities were vital, and will continue to be in the year ahead. We also started profiling our exploitation products at ECCA 2019, a relevant platform for the dissemination of BINGO outcomes. The 55 members of BINGO family are excited to come to Lisbon for the Final Conference back-to-back with ECCA 2019.

By the way, important news on ECCA 2019 are about to come. Stay tuned and find more about this event here.

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

BINGO 3rd Year Progress Meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus
The third Year Progress Meeting took place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on the 22-24 of May 2018. After a fruitful meeting with the BINGO team in warm Nicosia, with almost 60 people attending the annual meeting, the activities of the fourth and final year of BINGO have been discussed and planned. Here are some of the outcomes to highlight:
  • As the project delivers more and more results, there is an important effort to be made in order to understand how to communicate them to the right stakeholders.

  • BINGO at ECCA 2019 will be focused on how the project fulfilled its promise of providing demand-driven solutions for specific climate related challenges, in particular for highly vulnerable water resources of strategic importance.

  • The partners are now more united than ever to keep on the good work, together, integrating the outputs of the different teams in order to deliver comprehensive and cohesive results
The meeting also provided a great opportunity for the BINGO team to have a hands-on experience of the Cyprus research site, learning more about their challenges and solutions by visiting the different sites.
BINGO is now ready to tackle its last year!
Meeting in Nicosia

Adaptation Futures 2018
BINGO just came back from the conference Adaptation Futures 2018 in Cape Town, a city that has been suffering with severe water shortages. Adaptation Futures 2018 had 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. As such, BINGO presented an abstract in the session S354: Climate change knowledge and research on:

“Collaborative Co-production: what could be missing in climate change adaptation?” by Ana Estela Barbosa, Rafaela Matos and Maria João Freitas.

In addition, BINGO was presented at the EU Booth at the event, where the main results and achievements were discussed.

Find more information on the event here
Adaptation Futures 2018

BINGO at EGU 2018
BINGO was present at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018, in April 8-12 in Vienna!

Henning Rust (FUB) and Tim aus der Beek (IWW) from BINGO have joined up with the project IMPREX to co-host session on "From sub-seasonal forecasting to climate projections: predicting hydrologic extremes and servicing water managers (co-organized)". In this session, the BINGO team had the following papers:
The event had a total of 15,075 scientists from 106 countries and it was not only a great way to share our results, but also to meet and discuss with other scientists and academics, creating new synergies and promoting the sharing of knowledge.

Thank you to all the BINGO and IMPREX teams for the excellent team-work to make this session happen!
Cyprus team at International Conference “Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges and Solutions”
The Cyprus Institute team participated in the International Conference “Climate Change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Challenges and Solutions”, 18-19 May 2018. It was a very good opportunity to disseminate BINGO to a high level audience through a poster presentation entitled “Design of climate change adaptation strategies for agriculture and domestic water supply in Cyprus through a participatory approach”.

The event was organised under the Aegis of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and with the support of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus. The conference was attended by more than 300 delegates from 35 countries, including leading international scientific and political personalities.
BRIGAID Conference
The coordination of BINGO was present at the workshop of the project BRIGAID, in Mafra (Portugal) in April 20.

BRIGAID is a project that proposes "to provide integral support for innovations for climate adaptation, focusing on climate-driven disasters like floods, droughts and extreme weather". The workshop in Mafra was aimed at end users, presenting several pitches from innovations in the area of disaster resilience as well as presentation from end users themselves - BINGO included! The workshop also provided a field visit to the Montemuro village, where the Forrest Engineer explained the role of prescribed fires in the prevention of wild fires.

During the event, Eng. Rafaela Matos presented BINGO to the audience and many interesting synergies between projects have been discussed. Many more interactions between our two projects are expected, to add value to both our results!

Check out BRIGAID project here.
BINGO at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília!
BINGO was part of the portfolio of R&I projects in display at the Portugal Pavilion!

The Portugal Pavilion has been formerly inaugurated by the Minister of Environmental of Portugal, the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal, the Secretary of State of the Environment of Portugal, the Ambassador of Portugal in Brazil and a group of 7 Members of the Parliament of Portugal. A delegation of around 80 Portuguese experts was present, as well as several invited international delegates.

BINGO coordinator, Rafaela Matos from LNEC, represented the project in this event and in two panels:
  • Hydro-climatic risk in land planning and management.

  • Water and climate change in Europe: the tip of the iceberg
Learn more about the 8th World Water Forum in Brasília here
Additional Stakeholder meeting in Wuppertal – in the midst of severe floods
Just before stakeholders from the Wuppertal case study area met at the regional water board to discuss how to evaluate hot spots in the city endangered by urban flash floods and how to organize adaptation measures, severe rainfall hit the city. Roads have been flooded, roofs broke down and there was considerable material damage. Luckily, there were no severe physical injuries registered. These heavy rainfall events emphasised once more the importance of our BINGO project.

Within the meeting, the evaluation of most critical hot spots in the city was discussed by representatives of the regional municipality, public authorities, responsible partners for the sewage network and urban water courses. The plan for the next months is to evaluate the damage potential at these hot spots from different perspectives (using multiple indicators) as well as to rank future adaptation measures to reduce the risk in the city of Wuppertal for future flood events. At the next meeting early in July, the weighting of different indicators to assess the damage potential will be set together with the stakeholders.

The case itself will focus on the urban water way called "Mirker Bach" at first, dealing with around a dozen hot spots and necessary adaptation measures. Results will support the municipality in climate change adaptation and will hopefully be transferable to more locations in and around Wuppertal.
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How to make the BINGO results last
pictureThe BINGO thinking of climate change now needs to be rooted in water utilities Europewide and beyond”
Now it is time for action!
pictureNow is the time to start bringing to cities and communities in Europe and the rest of the world the vast outcomes from BINGO on modelling the impact of climate change for water resources and floods, and organising the changed governance through the Communities of Practice method
Sveinung Sægrov,
NTNU, Head of the Scientific and Technical Committee of BINGO
Stakeholder perspectives from Norway on the BINGO experience
pictureSharing views with stakeholders, researchers and others will help us have a better and broader understanding of our problems, and I also experienced we can get good examples and ideas of how we can solve our problems”
Magnar Sekse,
Director of the Agency for Water and Sewarage Works, City of Bergen
  Testimonials from our researchers
picture Hi there! I am Eduardo, Project Manager at Cetaqua Water Technology Centre, and also a BINGO member.
In strong collaboration with Aquatec (Badalona, Spain, site leader), Cetaqua is carrying out the risks assessments due to climate impacts the city faces. My particular view, since I became a BINGO member, is that we are really contributing to increase resilience of European cities by developing methodologies and tools to assess risks. This leads us to understand how these climate hazards (today’s and future’s) may affect our cities, and lets us to propose adaptation strategies and look ahead to the future with confidence.

Eduardo Martínez-Gomariz,



WP3 – D3.4
Model results for water and land use scenarios at the six research sites completed and analysed

More than 20 hydrological models have been applied, driven with climatic decadal predictions until 2024. The results will be used by stakeholders, such as water providers and managers, local authorities, and others in order to be prepared for and to cope with near time climate change effects. Furthermore, these model results on future water resources availability and extremes are used by WP4, which will conduct case sensitive risk analysis.

The model results have been described in detail in D3.4, focusing on multiple water related problems and scales, such as flooding by combined sewer overflows in Badalona, Spain and Bergen, Norway, changes in groundwater recharge for drinking water abstraction in the Veluwe, the Netherlands, altered reservoir management in the Wupper river basin, Germany and in Bergen, Norway, drought problems in Cyprus, and increasing salinization in Portugal.

The model applications have also showed that in some cases anticipated land use and water use changes can have large impacts on water resources, especially in combination with climate change effects, such as increases in floods and droughts. An example for this is illustrated in the inundation maps below for the perennial Pedieos River in Nicosia, Cyprus which also considered land use changes.

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

Led by NTNU



The water balance components of Mediterranean pine trees on a steep mountain
slope duringtwo hydrologically contrasting years.

Eliades, M., Ad. Bruggeman, M. Lubczynski, A. Christou, C. Camera, H. Djuma.
2018. J. Hydrology 562: 712-724.

Transpiration and moisture constraints of Pinus brutia in semi-arid environments.

Eliades, M., A. Bruggeman, M. Lubczynski, H. Djuma H.
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol 20, EGU2018-1156 (poster)

Effect of nudging in regional hydro-climatic simulations for the eastern Mediterranean.

Zittis, G., P. Hadjinicolaou, A. Bruggeman, C. Camera, J. Lelieveld.
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 20, EGU2018-9910 (poster)

A classification algorithm for selective dynamical downscaling of precipitation extremes

Meredith, E., H. W. Rust, U. Ulbrich
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 20, EGU2018-3147 (poster)

Comparison of two stochastic methods for disintegrating daily precipitation to a sub-hourly series

Kristvik, E., A. S. Gragne, T. M. Muthanna, K. A. Kpogo-Nuwoklo
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 20, EGU2018-17928-1 (poster)

Long-term variability and extreme rainfall response of runoff and baseflow processes in Cyprus

Sofokleous, I., A. Bruggeman, C. Camera, G. Zittis
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 20, EGU2018-15150-2 (poster)

Decadal predictions for the Wupper River Basin, Germany – Hydrological impacts

aus der Beek, T., P. Lorza, M. Scheibel, R. Becker, M. Nottebohm
2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol 20, EGU2018-6254 (poster)


Bergen Kommune

Bergen City Agency for Water and Sewerage Works is part of Department of Urban Development, Climate and Environmental Affairs in the City administration. We are responsible for the daily undertaking of the water supply and wastewater sector in the City of Bergen (270.000 inhabitants). We do the strategic and long term planning and carry out Renewal and investments in infrastructure and ordering operation and maintenance, Customer services and management. Operation and maintenance of the public water and wastewater systems is carried out by the Municipal Undertaking for Water Works on contract from the Agency for Water and Sewerage Works. The Sector is total public owned and controlled and is a non-profit business financed by separate taxes. Our responsibility includes urban storm water in the city. Yearly average precipitation in Bergen is about 2250 mm. Climate Change is a challenge to existing water supply, sanitation and drainage systems and we are focused on how to make our systems more robust towards future climate. This is a main objective for our interest of taking part in research and development of innovative solutions to deal with climate change in the total water sector.
City of Bergen


Direcção-Geral de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural (DGADR)

DGADR is a branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea of the Government of Portugal which focuses on forestry and rural development. It consists of four main departments and eleven units. In particular, the Department of Irrigation focuses its activities on hydraulic infrastructures, rural engineering and irrigation. The Department of Irrigation is organized in three divisions, namely Hydraulic Infrastructures, Rural Engineering, and Irrigation. Its main and strategic goals include: Planning, preparation and execution of irrigation projects for rural development; Improvement of living conditions in rural areas, fighting against desertification of the “inland”; Improving the production conditions of agriculture; and Preservation of natural resources: soil and water. The Department of Irrigation’s activities comprise providing facilities for irrigation including working on the design (water distribution, drainage and road networks, water supply structures), and construction and supervision of facilities (Large Dams; Lined Water Reservoires).


IWW Water Centre

IWW is a private non-profit research and consultancy institute founded by German water companies and water associations. Six departments carry out basic and applied research covering the entire drinking water supply chain from water resources management, water technology, distribution networks and quality, applied microbiology, and economic and management issues. IWW has been carrying out research, development and innovation projects for the water sector for almost 30 years, based on either public funding or contract research for water utilities or industrial partners. Recent projects linked to climate change and risk management have been dedicated to integrated water resources management concepts, to flooding prevention for water supply infrastructure, and to the economic needs of adaptation processes.

IWW is the Leader of Work Package 3: Integrated analysis of the water cycle.

Project BINGO in 5 minutes!

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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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