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Big Data & Climate Change in Barcelona

Converting the Barcelona superblocks into prototype Urban Climate Shelters to face the upcoming climate transition
Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action

About The Challenge 

The IPCC AR6 report (2022) warns that climate change has arrived irreversibly and will affect the lives of citizens worldwide, thus placing cities in the forefront of possible actions. Although there is plenty of climate data to support policies and actions, as well as urban bid data to help us understand how our cities work, we are still missing concrete urban data or correlated data that can impulse data-driven changes and initiatives. 

This could be done through the implementation of hardware and software, or nodes, to generate and make information available in real time, to reduce the risks of damage or improve the quality of life, but also to have massive data to analyze and investigate situations and develop policy proposals and response actions. Considering that there is already a large amount of open and big data available in the city of Barcelona, a pioneer in this field.

Thus, the challenge is the following:

How can we make better use of the big data available and obtained, and what can we do with it, to fight and adapt to climate change in the Superblocks of the city of Barcelona compared to other districts, and help make the city a more sustainable habitat?

Target Groups and Expected Impact

The Challenge and its results can potentially affect the behavior and life of different groups of Barcelona's citizens:

  • Citizens and users of the Superblocks in the city of Barcelona.
  • Groups of people at risk of social exclusion.
  • Groups of people at high health risk.
  • Third Sector.
  • Entities of Social and Solidarity Economy.
  • Neighborhood Associations.
  • Tourism activities and agents
  • Urban agriculture and food systems.

The proposed solutions will help Barcelona to achieve the objectives of its Climate 2030 plan and Barcelona Superblocks, to operate more efficiently. But above all, to improve people's quality of life by anticipating and proactively addressing challenges such as pollution, urban flooding, heat waves, traffic safety, fires, and better health, among others. The objectives of Barcelona's climate plan can be found at the following link.

About The Module

Application deadline: 30/09/2022

Duration: November 2022 (November, 7, 14 and 18 from 10.00 to 14.00h)

Format: Hybrid

Mobility: Regarding mobility options, please consult your home university. You can find more information on the Practical information website or contact us via or

Suitability for: students / lifelong learners

Workload: 25 hours

Credit type: Micro-credential / ECIU certificate 

Number of seats avaliable: 20

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