Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham
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 Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future

Enabling the co-ordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management.


- Project aim


Project Overview

The research team will investigate how planning, design, operation and organisation of both existing and new urban water systems might be envisaged and transformed in order to deliver multiple benefits (including flood resilience) under flood, normal and drought conditions.

The research is divided into five work packages (WP) to deliver three key elements of the research:

  • Engineering design to enhance service delivery 
  • Engineering development for resource use across the drought-flood spectrum 
  • Urban flood risk management at the heart of urban planning at multiple scales

Meet the Team

Urban Flood Resilience is a multi-disciplinary research project led by Colin ThorneEmily O'Donnell and Shaun Maskrey at the University of Nottingham

Meet the Urban Flood Resilience team.

Research Themes

WP1 Resilience: investigating how blue-green and grey approaches can be optimally combined under different future scenarios

WP2: Resource: exploring how stormwater can be used in both individual buildings and in the urban environment.

WP3: Interoperability: investigating how flood risk resilience measures affect mutiple urban infrastructure systems

WP4: Interactions: exploring citizens' interactions with blue-green and grey infrastructure 

WP5: Practice: testing and applying our research two case study cities: Newcastle (retrofit) and Ebbsfleet (new build)

Case Study research

We will focus research on two case studies (see WP5):

  1. Newcastle (UK): to investigate how urban flood resilience can be achieved through retro-fit, in the context of urban renewal
  2. Ebbsfleet (UK) to investigate how urban flood resilience can be achieved in the context of new build in a ‘garden city’ 

Further Information

Read more about our research overview and deliverables.  

Download the Urban Flood Resilience Inception Report

Updated 06/03/2017 (PDF 10 MB)

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Recent Publications 

O'Donnell E, Lamond J and Thorne C. Learning and Action Alliance framework to facilitate stakeholder collaboration and social learning in urban flood risk management.  Environmental Science and Policy, 2017.  80, 1-8.  DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.10.013

Guan M, Ahilan S, Yu D, Peng Y and Wright N. Numerical modelling of hydro-morphological processes dominated by fine suspended sediment in a stormwater pond.  Journal of Hydrology, 2017.  556, 87-99.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.11.006

Morgan M and Fenner R. Spatial evaluation of the multiple benefits of sustainable drainage systems. Proceedings of the ICE – Water Management, 2017. DOI:10.1680/jwama.16.00048.

Allen D, Haynes H, Arthur S. Contamination of Detained Sediment in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. Water, 2017, 9(5), 355 - 274. DOI: 10.3390/w9050355.

O’Donnell E, Woodhouse R, Thorne C. Evaluating the multiple benefits of a Newcastle surface water management scheme. Proceedings of the ICE – Water Management, 2017. DOI: 10.1680/jwama.16.00103.



Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

Sir Clive Granger Building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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