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Barcelona climate projections presented at the 1st Metropolitan Climate Change Adaptation Table


Barcelona climate projections presented at the 1st Metropolitan Climate Change Adaptation Table

Last 18th February, the first results from RESCCUE’s Barcelona case study were presented at the 1st Metropolitan Climate Change Adaptation Table. This event, held at the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) headquarters, was aimed at sharing experiences related to climate change adaptation in order to keep moving towards a more resilient Barcelona metropolitan area.

Representatives from different municipalities, the Barcelona Provincial Council and technicians from AMB attended the event, in which RESCCUE was represented by Andoni González, from the Urban Resilience Department of the Barcelona City Council, and Montse Martínez, from Aquatec-Suez Advanced Solutions. During the event, the participants exposed the main risks climate change will pose on this region, the last studies, projects and successful cases on climate change adaptation, as well as further actions to be included in future Climate Change Adaptation Plans.

Climate projections for Barcelona: heavy rains and sea level rise

Andoni González presented the first results from RESCCUE’s Barcelona case study. Climate projections for this city from 2035 to 2100 show a 15-20% reduction in annual precipitation (although there is not a defined prediction model for precipitation), a lightly increase of mean sea level (with a high uncertainty level), an increase of heavy rain episodes, and a reduction of rain in the form of snow, which will result in a lower availability of water resources in basins.

On the other hand, the first results also show that urban drainage is a key point in Barcelona. On the basis of these climate projections and the knowledge on urban systems, different sectorial models of urban flooding with return periods of 2, 5, 10, 100 and 500 years are being developed through simulations. These models include several risks related to pedestrian zones, energy distribution systems, waste collection services and bathing water quality, among others, and will serve to describe the behaviour of strategic urban services, such as urban drainage, during extreme events.

Working together towards a more resilient metropolitan area

The 1st Metropolitan Climate Change Adaptation Table is the beginning of a coordinated work between AMB and different municipalities of the Barcelona metropolitan area that already have a Local Adaptation Plan or intend to develop one in the near future. Specifically, the event was held in the framework of the Climate and Energy Plan 2030 of AMB, the roadmap towards 2030 in terms of climate change and energy transition of the metropolitan area.