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, still 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 Project

The objective of OPERANDUM (OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage hydro-meteo risks) is to reduce hydro-meteorological risks in European territories through co-designed, co-developed, deployed, tested and demonstrated innovative green and blue/grey/hybrid NBS, and push business exploitation. It aims at provision of science-evidence for the usability of NBS, and best practices for their design based on participatory processes.
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.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776848.


University of Bologna website
Ilmatieteen Laitos website
Technische Universiteit Delft website
Helmholtz-zentrum Geesthacht website
Kentro Kainotomon Technologion AE website
University College Dublin website
University of Surrey website
Unesco website
Luonnonvarakeskus website
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften website
Glasgow Caledonian University website
Rina Consulting S.p.A. website
Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali website

University of Glasgow website
Perifereia Stereas Elladas website
PNO Consultants website
Arpae website
Sweco GmbH website
Naturalea Conservacio website
Kajo Sro website
Dublin City Council website
CMCC website
The University of Hong Kong website
CAREERI website
University Sunshine Coast website
RADI website

SmartData group’s task

In the OPERANDUM project, the SmartData group is involved in the design of a platform to serve the project to fully reach its potential. The objective of the platform, in line with EU strategy on single market and digital industry, is to provide lead-users (scientists, technical users) and end users (industry, public authorities and citizens) with a flexible, interoperable, user-friendly and open platform. The platform's features will include easy and controlled online access to facilities, resources and collaboration tools for the assessment NBS and facilitating tools for its exploitation and market uptake.