Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham

About the Urban Flood Resilience Research Project (2016-2021)

The Urban Flood Resilience research project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and was led by Colin Thorne and Emily O'Donnell at the University of Nottingham. It ran from 2016 until 2021.

The project was multi-disciplinary, utilising the skills of academics specialising in flood inundation modelling, computational fluid dynamics, sediment and debris processes, urban drainage infrastructure, flood risk management, stakeholder engagement, urban metabolism, GIS, urban water management, transport resilience, applied infrastructure and planning. 

The research project focused on three key themes:

1. Engineering design to enhance service delivery

2. Engineering development for resource use across the drought-flood spectrum

3. Urban flood risk management at the heart of urban planning at multiple scales

To find out more about our research project, see the:


Download the  Urban Flood Resilience Inception Report

Updated 6th March 2017

(PDF 10 MB)


Research sub-themes

  • Resilience under change
  • Long-term performance and design optimization
  • GIS assessment of Blue-Green and Grey (B/G+G) approaches
  • Managing stormwater as a resource
  • Inter-operability with other assets
  • Citizens' interactions with B/G+G urban flood risk management assets
  • Achieving urban flood and water resilience in practice

Mid-Project Progress Report

Download the Mid-Project Progress Report (PDF 4.7 MB). Published June 2018

Mid-Project Progress Report


A photograph of a sculpture of an apple at the side of a river in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

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