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Badalona Integrated Early Warning System for multi-hazard and risk management to ensure urban climate change adaptation (LIFE BAETULO)


LIFE BAETULO is a pilot project where a novel technology, an Integrated (and multi-hazard) Early Warning System, is applied for the first time in a city, in this case in Badalona (Spain), with the objective of reducing the exposure and vulnerability of citizens and other urban assets to climate-related hazards by providing anticipated information and alarms that allows taking preventive and proactive actions to minimize direct and indirect impacts and damages derived from climate change.

The Integrated Early Warning System implemented through LIFE BAETULO project 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.

LIFE BAETULO contributes to increase climate change adaptation of urban areas by providing an innovative tool, applicable and usable by any city or region facing climate hazards and aiming to:

  • Anticipate the adverse effects of climate change, including forecasting and warning of all the climate hazards affecting urban areas
    Minimize the exposure and vulnerability of inhabitants, urban assets and the surrounding environment to the impacts of climate change
  • Take appropriate response actions to prevent or minimize the damage that climate derived hazards can cause
  • Raise general awareness and capacity building for citizens, administrations, politicians and businesses in the framework of climate change.

The resulting LIFE BAETULO solution consists on:

  • An IT platform (the Integrated and Multi-Risk Early Warning System), to support risk managers to anticipate, monitor and manage climate risks such as: flooding, combined sewer overflows, storm surges, windstorms, heatwaves, cold waves, snowfalls, forest fires and episodes of high air pollution.
  • A citizens' mobile app to inform people at risk about: upcoming or current climate-derived events in the form of (pre-alert, alert or emergency), main cause(s) triggering the event and self-protection measures citizens can perform to avoid impacts in health, wellbeing and properties.

Project information


AQUATEC (Agbar group)


AQUATEC (Agbar Group): project coordinator

Badalona City Council

Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)

Aigües de Barcelona

Reference information


Published in Climate-ADAPT Jul 19 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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