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FIC presents the RESCCUE results in Barcelona at an event on the Climate Emergency Declaration organized by the Barcelona City Council


FIC presents the RESCCUE results in Barcelona at an event on the Climate Emergency Declaration organized by the Barcelona City Council

The RESCCUE project is facing its last stages and its consortium is putting a lot of efforts on the dissemination of its results by participating in different webinars and events. In this regard, César Paradinas, from the Climate Research Foundation (FIC), presented the results obtained in Barcelona in the framework of the RESCCUE project during an event organized by the Barcelona City Council last week to discuss the follow-up report of the Barcelona Climate Emergency Declaration, declared last January 15th 2020.

The encounter on the Barcelona Climate Emergency Declaration took place as a hybrid event, both online and offline. It was initiated with the summary of the results of the climate projections of the RESCCUE project in Barcelona by César Paradinas. Then, the expected future impacts of climate change on citizens' health were presented by Elisenda Realp, Director of Barcelona's Environmental Health Agency. Finally, the impact of COVID19 on transport and emissions in Barcelona, presented by the Councillor for Climate Emergency, Eloi Badi, was also discussed.

During the event, César Paradinas stressed that climate change is an anthropogenic change and is not of natural cause and, as stated in the studies of the Servei Metereòlogic de Catalunya, the atmosphere has inertia and changes are not seen immediately. Therefore, projections are needed to mitigate the adverse effects that humans are causing on the planet.

The RESCCUE project has made visible its results on these projections for Barcelona, starting with the climatic variables of average temperatures and the extreme variables in episodes such as heatwaves.

Paradinas explained that today the average temperature is 16.5 degrees and is expected to rise by 1 degree in 15-20 years, and by the end of the century, it is expected to rise by 2 to 4.5 degrees on average in the scenario being considered. Concerning precipitation, the projections are less clear than those for temperature. Both average annual and seasonal precipitation are not expected to change significantly in any of the decades of this century, in terms of average precipitation. However, if we consider the increase in temperature, we see a 15% increase in evapotranspiration that would lead to a greater probability of drought and water stress (difficulty in absorbing water) in the city's vegetation. Finally, referring to marine variables in meteorological terms, and given that Barcelona is a coastal city, the average sea level is expected to rise by 25-30 centimeters in a passive scene.

To conclude, Cesar Paradinas talks about extreme events, which are one of the most interesting results obtained, a noticeable increase is expected to occur in those related to temperature, with tropical nights, for example, increasing up to a 300% (120 per year) or heatwave days multiplying by 8 (40 days in summer) with temperatures overpassing 40ºC. Despite not expecting changes in yearly rainfall, extreme rainfall is indeed expected to increase, being precipitation, therefore, more irregular and torrential. These extreme events will cause too a greater storm surge over Barcelona's shore, counting too with sea-level rise, up to +1.3m, which is consistent with results obtained also in Barcelona's Pla Clima study.

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