Water efficient systemic concept for the climate change adaptation in urban areas
The WATERCOOL project aims to develop and test innovative solutions to cope with high temperatures, both outdoors and indoors, and with temporarily high water run-off as well as drought situations in an urban environment subject to climate change. The urban water network will act as the basic structure for the development of urban green solutions and cooling measures to adapt to the effects of climate change, maximising the sustainability of the city and citizens well-being.
In a demonstration area on one avenue, water infrastructure will be used as a vehicle for cost-effective adaptation to heat (by combining cool reservoirs and functional pavements) and to improve efficiency in water use and comfort. WATERCOOL will also carry out three demonstrations of a bioclimatic comfort stay, for short-, medium- and long-term stays. A short-term stay is one with a high density of occupation for a short period of time (e.g. at a bus stop or pedestrian crossing). Medium-term stays comprise those of intensive and discontinuous use (such as at rest areas outside buildings). Long-term stays include those of variable occupation during a longer period (e.g. at street intersections).
The project will contribute to implementation of a range of policy and legislation, including the EU adaptation strategy, the roadmap to a resource efficient Europe (COM(2011)571), the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020, and the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
WATERCOOLs specific objectives include:
Developing a grid-based water management system to soften the impact of water-related extreme effects linked to climate change;
Improving the urban climate in the demo area (decreasing the temperature by 3-5C and generating 28C cold air) by implementing climate change adaptation measures in urban spaces;
Developing new tools for collaborative management by public and private bodies;
Engaging new cities and citizens in replication to increase the level of commitment and participation in sustainable management of resources; and
Creating a framework integrating all stakeholders so that problems can be solved actively and collaboratively.
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
LAND-USE & PLANNING
Urban design (urban-rural)
water saving‚ energy saving‚ urban area‚ urban planning‚ water reuse‚ rain water‚ water resources management‚ climate change adaptation‚ climate resilience‚ Covenant of Mayors‚ drought‚ urban heat island
Tarjet EU legislation
EMPRESA METROPOLITANA DE ABASTECIMIENTO Y SANEAMIENTO DEAGUAS DE SEVILLA, S.A.
Spain Alten, Spain AgenciaEFE (Agencia EFE S.A.U., S.M.E.), Spain SEVILLE(Ayuntamiento de Sevilla (Seville City Council)), Spain US(University of Seville), Spain
01-SEP-2019 to 31-AUG -2023