An Integrated Early Warning System for multi-hazard and risk management to ensure climate change adaptation of urban areas
LIFE BAETULO was conceived as a natural continuation of H2020 BINGO project (2015-2019) were a roadmap to climate change adaptation for Badalona was established, including the conceptualisation of an Early Warning System (EWS) to prevent impacts of climate events on the urban drainage system. Now, in LIFE BAETULO project, the scope of the EWS was enlarged to include all the climate hazards affecting the city of Badalona and faced by most European cities and regions.
Climate change is happening and projected to continue. Our cities are constantly facing different impacts derived from climate change such as floods, heatwaves and storm surges among others, which not only cause significant economic and human losses but also pose challenges to urban living.
The objective of LIFE BAETULO is to develop and implement an integrated and multi-risk early warning system as a technological and adaptation measure to decrease the exposure and vulnerability of citizens and urban assets to the climate change derived hazards including flooding, combined sewer overflows, storm surges, heatwaves, cold waves, snowfalls, windstorms, episodes of high air pollution and forest fires.
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LIFE BAETULO in numbers
LIFE BAETULO solution
The Integrated Early Warning System of LIFE BAETULO consists of 4 main blocks:
- Data gathering: continuous monitoring to predict and identify climate derived hazardous events.
- Risk assessment: identification of risk situations through warning levels based on triggers values and estimation of potential risks and impacts such as water levels and velocity in streets due to flooding events, approximate duration of bathing waters’ pollution events (due to DSS episodes), vulnerable areas of the city to windstorms, storm surges, etc.
- Preparedness and response: activation and automation of the (preventive and reactive) emergency protocols defined for each one of the climate hazards.
- Communication and dissemination: dissemination of timely, reliable and understandable warning messages to authorities and public at risk in order to reduce exposure to climate risks and the consequent potential impacts.
Main outputs and achievements
An Integrated Early Warning System
for comprehensively managing multiple risks derived from climate change and minimise social, economic and environmental impacts
A citizens’ app
to inform citizens about current and future climate risks and to promote self-protection actions to decrease vulnerability to climate change