The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience
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Achieving urban flood resilience at local, regional and national levels requires a transformative change in planning, design and implementation of urban water systems. Flood risk, wastewater and stormwater management should be re-envisaged and transformed to: ensure satisfactory service delivery under flood, normal and drought conditions, and enhance and extend the useful lives of ageing grey assets by supplementing them with multi-functional Blue-Green infrastructure. The aim of the multidisciplinary Urban Flood Resilience (UFR) research project, which launched in 2016 and comprises academics from nine UK institutions, is to investigate how transformative change may be possible through a whole systems approach. UFR research outputs to date are summarised under three themes. Theme 1 investigates how Blue-Green and Grey (BG+G) systems can be co-optimised to offer maximum flood risk reduction, continuous service delivery and multiple co-benefits. Theme 2 investigates the resource capacity of urban stormwater and evaluates the potential for interoperability. Theme 3 focuses on the interfaces between planners, developers, engineers and beneficiary communities and investigates citizens’ interactions with BG+G infrastructure. Focussing on retrofit and new build case studies, UFR research demonstrates how urban flood resilience may be achieved through changes in planning, practice and policy to enable widespread uptake of BG+G infrastructure.
Related publication DOI
- Flood control
- Urban runoff -- Management
- Urban flood resilience; Blue-Green infrastructure; Blue-Green City; Sustainable drainage systems
- Physical sciences::Physical geographical sciences::Environmental geography
- G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation::GE Environmental Sciences
- University of Nottingham, UK Campus::Faculty of Social Sciences::School of Geography
Data typeSpreadsheet detailing the area and number of vascular plant species in nine ponds in Edinburgh, Scotland. rainfall data for Newcastle in 2012. Rainfall and dischareg data for the Ouseburn (Newcastle) July 2007. Maximum water depths from a CityCAT flood inundation model simulation.
- thorne, colin
- Krivtsov, Vladimir
- Ahilan, Sangaralingam
- Arthur, Scott
- Birkinshaw, Stephen
- Butler, David
- Dawson, David
- Everett, Glyn
- Fenner, Richard
- Glenis, Vassilis
- Kapetas, Leon
- Kilsby, Chris
- Lamond, Jessica
- Maskrey, Shaun
- O'Donnell, Greg
- Potter, Karen
- Vercruysse, Kim
- Vilcan, Tudor
- Wright, Nigel
- Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
- Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
- Vascular plant species were identified and counted in June 2018.
- Rainfall and discharge data from 2007 and 2012, CityCAT simulation ran in 2018.
- The nine ponds are all within the wider Edinburgh region.
- Rainfall, discharge and flood inundation modelling in Newcastle and the Ouoseburn catchment.
Data collection methodThe Edinburgh pond areas were determined using ordnance survey maps. The vascular plant species were determined by observation of key species in June 2018. The rainfall data and discharge data for Newcastle and the Ouseburn were sourced from the Environment Agency. Maximum water depths were generated by a CityCAT flood inundation model simulation.
- Urban Flood Resilience Research Consortium