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BAdalona integrated Early warning sysTem for mULti-hazard and risk management to ensure urban climate change adaptatiOn

Reference: LIFE19 CCA/ES/001180 | Acronym: LIFE BAETULO



Climate change is increasing the number, intensity and duration of climate change-related hazards, specifically affecting urban areas, with direct consequences on human health and well-being, the economy and the urban environment. In this context, different approaches can be taken to adapt to climate change. Non-structural (or soft) adaptation is a type of approach including managerial, legal and policy actions that address human behaviour and styles of governance. Results of the H2020 BINGO project in the case study of Badalona demonstrated that the implementation of an Early Warning System is one of the most cost-effective techniques for the adaptation to moderate and heavy rain events. This is because the envisaged implementation costs are lower than the expected benefits.


The main goal of LIFE BAETULO is to implement and assess the effectiveness of an Integrated Early Warning System (IEWS) to adapt urban areas to the multiple hazards and risks derived from climate change. The subsequent project objectives are to:

  • Implement research outcomes obtained in the previous H2020 BINGO project under real-world conditions in Badalona, Spain;
  • Contribute to urban adaptation by offering an innovative technological solution aimed at decreasing exposure and vulnerability, and increasing preparedness, to climate hazards;
  • Contribute to climate adaptation policies and strategies by putting adaptation into practice through a demonstrative case study;
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of an IEWS as a non-structural adaptationmeasure that enhances adaptive capacity of citizens, administrations, politicians and businesses through awareness raising and capacity building;
  • Provide the appropriate protocols for mainstreaming and fostering cooperation across different actors, sectors and levels in the event of climate hazards;
  • Assess the social, economic and environmental benefits of the demonstrated LIFE BAETULO solution, and develop a business plan; and
  • Disseminate the benefits of the projects solution and promote its replicability to maximise its impact.
  • From a policy point of view, the project will provide tools to implement the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change and contribute to the EU policy priority on climate governance and information.


    Expected results: 1. An innovative Integrated Early Warning System capable of:

  • detecting and forecasting climate change-derived hazards affecting urban areas,
  • assessing the expected risks and impacts associated with complex situations such as urban flooding and combined sewer overflows (CSO) through state-of-the-art modelling tools,
  • integrating all these hazard and risk assessments into a unique early warning platform,
  • informing and warning the municipality, urban services and critical infrastructures managers, citizens and other relevant stakeholders about potential hazardous situations,
  • automatically launching the corresponding emergency protocols to undertake appropriate response actions to minimise socio-economic and environmental impacts (with associated damages) affectingurban areas;
  • 2. Depiction of emergency protocols for each one of the considered climate-derived hazards and risks: urban flooding, CSO, heatwaves, cold waves, snowfall, windstorms, storm surges, forest fires and high air pollution episodes;

    3. A set of guidelines for transferability and replication of the results;

    4. A business plan for the industrialisation and commercialisation of the developed LIFE BAETULO solution;

    5. An assessment of the IEWS implementation considering social, economic and environmental benefits to support its replication;

    6. At least 4 publications in relevant journals and conferences and 1 multimedia presentation for public dissemination of LIFE BAETULO results;

    7. An After-LIFE plan, including an exploitation plan for LIFE BAETULO results.


    Reference: LIFE19 CCA/ES/001180
    Acronym: LIFE BAETULO
    Start Date: 01/07/2020
    End Date: 31/12/2022
    Total Budget: 1,237,554 €
    EU Contribution: 660,853 €
    Project Location:


    Coordinating Beneficiary: AQUATEC Proyectos para el Sector del Agua, S.A
    Legal Status: PCO
    Address: Santa Leonor, 39, 3 planta, 28037, Madrid, España
    Contact Person: Montse Martinez Puentes
    Tel: 34646035235
    Website: http://

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    • Risk assessment and monitoring
    • Resilient communities
    • Natural risks (Flood - Forest fire - Landslide)


    • urban area
    • modelling
    • risk management
    • emergency plan
    • risk assessment
    • climate resilience
    • damage prevention
    • disaster prevention
    • early warning system
    • flood control


    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)


    Name Type
    AB(AIGÜES DE BARCELONA, Empresa Metropolitana de Gestió del Cicle Integral del Aigua, S.A.), Spain Participant
    A.BADALONA(Ajuntament de Badalona), Spain Participant
    AMB(Área Metropolitana de Barcelona), Spain Participant