OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage environmental risks



Severe hydro-meteorological phenomena are having a high impact in European territories and are of global concern. The science behind these phenomena is complex and advancement in knowledge proceeds with progress in data acquisition and forecasting useful for real-scenario interventions. The employment of nature-based solutions (NBS) to mitigate the impact of hydro-meteorological phenomena is not adequately demonstrated, uncoordinated at the European level, therefore not reaching full potential. Actions to achieve highest NBS impact requires strategies to enhance societal acceptance, policy strengthening while demonstrating advantages for market development. The objective of OPERANDUM is to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories through co-designed, codeveloped, deployed, tested and demonstrated innovative green and blue/grey/hybrid NBS, and push business exploitation. It aims provision of science-evidence for the usability of NBS, best practices for their design based on participatory processes. It foresees a multiple level of stakeholders engagement from the local community up to the international level to leverage widest possible NBS acceptance. It establishes the framework for the strengthening of NBS-based policies according to local legislation and promotes technology and innovation in NBS to create a European leadership. OPERANDUM is based on open-air laboratories (OALs), a new concept that expands the Living Labs to a wider vision for natural and rural areas. In OALs novel NBS in 7 European countries are implemented to address specific risks and their effectiveness, assessed through innovative monitoring systems and cutting-edge numerical modelling approaches. OPERANDUM realizes a multi-dimensional open and flexible platform enabling stakeholders and end users to improve knowledge in NBS to mitigate climate change as well as ways to promote and exploit the improved/preserved environment while increasing business opportunities.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Silvana Di Sabatino

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"
Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale
Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell'Economia

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Dublin City Council (Ireland)
University Of Surrey (United Kingdom)
The Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
Unesco (France)
Perifereia Stereas Elladas (Greece)
ARPAE Emilia-Romagna - Agenzia Prevenzione Ambiente Energia Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
University Of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Finnish Meteorological Institute-Ilmatieteen Laitos (Finland)
Fondazione CMCC - Centro Euro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (Italy)
Kentro Kainotomon Technologion Ae (Greece)
Rina Consulting Spa (Italy)
C. I. R. A.-Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali ScpA (Italy)
Pno Consultants Bv (Netherlands)
Technische Universiteit Delft - Delft University Of Technology (Netherlands)
Luonnonvarakeskus Natural Resources Institute Finland (Finland)
Helmholtz Zentrum Geestacht Zentrum Fur Material Und Kustenforschung Gmbh (Germany)
University College Dublin, National University Of Ireland (Ireland)
Kajo Sro (Slovak Republic)
Oesterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften (Austria)
The University of Hong Kong (China)
Cold And Arid Regions Environmental And Engineering Research Institute (China)
Sweco Gmbh (Germany)
Naturalea Conservacio, Sl (Spain)
University Of The Sunshine Coast (Australia)
Institute Of Remote Sensing And Digital Earth - Chinese Academy Of Science (China)

Third parties:
Ciaotech Srl (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 12.257.343,25
Project Duration in months: 54
Start Date: 01/07/2018
End Date: 31/12/2022

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Climate Action This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776848 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776848