DISCO – Digital Solutions for Climate Adaptation - Sweden Water Research

DISCO – Digital Solutions for Climate Adaptation

DISCO aims to develop support mechanisms to accelerate climate adaptation in our cities and regions, with a strong focus on digital solutions.

Digital solutions such as AR, VR, and digital twins can transform large and varied datasets into reliable calculations and visual presentations. They have proven to be key enablers in the development of sustainable and climate-adapted cities and regions. However, to implement such solutions, investments are necessary. A good understanding and trust between the digital sector, climate adaptation authorities, and relevant stakeholders are crucial.

How Much Water Goes Where?

In the DISCO project, Sweden Water Research is testing digital solutions with a focus on drinking water consumption. A new digital tool measures how much drinking water is used for different purposes in apartment households. Water consumption is recorded using machine learning, and the data can then be visualized for various stakeholders. The data will also be accumulated within the project.

The project will also investigate how real-time visualization of water usage increases awareness and influences consumption patterns.

By participating in the project, Sweden Water Research has the opportunity to learn from DISCO project partners and share insights to contribute to a greater regional impact on climate adaptation. We can also enhance our knowledge of various AI technologies and digital solutions available for data collection and transformation of data into visible knowledge and patterns.

Part of a Larger Context

DISCO is a large European collaboration with eleven partners in five European countries. It is led by the municipality of Zwolle in the Netherlands. Malmö city from Sweden is also participating in the project.

The background of the project is a desire to help authorities in the North Sea region accelerate climate adaptation using digital solutions. The broader goals of the project are to:

a. Increase innovation capacity among stakeholders in pilot areas
b. Develop plans to remove barriers to innovation within climate adaptation organizations in the North Sea region
c. Create usable digital solutions for climate adaptation that are suitable for replication

DISCO is co-financed by Interreg North Sea.

  • Obtain reliable data on how much of the drinking water consumption is allocated to various uses
  • Evaluate the new technical solution using machine learning
  • Determine how real-time visualization of water usage affects consumption patterns