CETaqua is a non-profit research centre which sets-up, manages and performs research, technological development and innovation projects in the field of water, particularly the complete urban water cycle. CETaqua was created to take advantage of the synergies between its three founding partners: Spain’s biggest water utility, Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar); the Technical University of Cataluña (UPC) which has almost 3000 faculty and research staff; and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which has almost 130 centres throughout Spain. This allows CETaqua to take advantage of the knowledge and resources of both the academic and industrial sector, to know the day-to-day and future needs of the sector and to transfer and apply the results of its research. The Global Change Impacts Programme in CETaqua analyses the way climate change affects the availability and quality of water resources. It also studies extreme hydroclimatic events risks with the aim of defining and implementing mitigation and adaptation measures. CETaqua is currently involved in several projects related to the impacts of climate variability in the water sector:
- FP7 PREPARED brings together urban utilities and research partners to assess whether cities are currently prepared for meeting present and future challenges brought about by climate change in the water supply and sanitation cycle. CETaqua is involved in developing methodologies to include the impacts of climate change to storm water and water resources management in an urban context.
- WATER CHANGE (LIFE+), coordinated by CETaqua, deals with modelling of water resources for medium and long term accounting for adaptation to global change in the Llobregat basin (Spain). It aims to propose appropriate adaptation measures for the Llobregat system, based on the evaluation of their benefits and costs, economic and environmental, in order to determine the most suitable ones.
- Private funding projects aiming at quantifying the impacts and the resilience of water resources and infrastructures against climate change in urban areas, including case studies in Spain, France and USA.