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RAINBO : Improving resilience of small water courses in Bologna


The RainBO Life project will analyse rainfall phenomena related to climate change and demonstrate its impact in the municipality of Bologna. The main objective of the project is the improvement of knowledge, methods and tools for the understanding and forecast of the potential impact of heavy rains, especially with regard to the hydrological response of small basins and to the vulnerability of assets in the urban area.

Additional project objectives include:

  • Developing an information system to provide territorial and census data, risks maps and information on critical infrastructure and buildings;
  • Implementing advanced infrastructure for environmental monitoring;
  • Creating hydro-geological models based on fields of precipitation for the forecasting of flash floods in small basins;
  • Developing a flexible and scalable software platform to integrate data and models; and
  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed methods and tools.


The RAINBO project (LIFE15CCA/IT/00035) is the follow-up of BLUEAP (Bologna Urban Environment Adaptation Plan for a resilient city), a previous European project co-financed by the LIFE Program, ended in 2015 with the setting up of a Climate Adaptation Plan for the City of Bologna. 

Project information

Lepida SpA

Comune di Bologna, Italy

Meteorological and Environmental Earth Observation, Italy

Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e l'Ambiente dell'Emilia-Romagna, Italy

NIER Ingegneria S.p.A., Italy

Source of funding

Reference information



early warning systems, urban areas



Climate impacts



Adaptation Measures and Actions, Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment


Disaster Risk Reduction, Urban

Geographic characterization


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