Emily O'Donnell and colleagues at the University of Nottingham (UK and Ningbo China), Royal HaskoningDHV Amsterdam, and Reed College Portland Oregon USA have been awarded funding for a new research project 'Developing new Blue-Green futures: multifunctional infrastructure to address water challenges'. The project is a UK-USA-China-Netherlands collaboration, led by Simon Gosling at the University of Nottingham. The project is part of the British Academy’s Tackling the UK's International Challenges programme under the Urban Futures research theme.
Read more in their blog ' Developing new Blue-Green Futures'.
A report detailing key research outputs (to date) is now available for download (PDF 4.2 MB). More detail can be found on the research pages.
On 7th March 2019 we held an event in Newcastle showcasing progress with implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure in Newcastle and the wider NE. The achievements of the signatories of the 2016 Newcastle Declaration on Blue and Green Infrastructure were celebrated and new organisations committed to the Declaration. The Urban Flood Resilience team presented key research outputs to date (detailed in the Key Project Outputs report) and the 2019 Declaration was launched.
Nigel Wright (Nottingham Trent University) has been awarded a Royal Society Advanced Newton Fellowship to work with Prof Qiuhong Tang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research .
Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas (Cambridge University) received a delegation of Planners and Engineers from the “China Academy for Urban Planning and Design” on 2nd November. This was a joint visit to Imperial College (Prof. Cedo Maksimovic) and Cambridge University to exchange knowledge on Blue-Green Cities and Sponge Cities approaches.
They also visited the North-West Cambridge Development which has the largest rainwater harvesting scheme in the UK. Runoff is collected from roofs and surfaces, then conveyed via swales to a pond which serves as an amenity and flood attenuation feature. This water is then treated and pumped to the houses for non-potable use.
David Butler and Sangaralingam Ahilan will present their research at the 11th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling ( UDM2018 ), 23-26th September 2018, Palermo, Italy.
Read more about their research in WP2 .
Vladimir Krivtsov will present his research on the potential for retrofitting SuDS at the Houston Industrial Estate at the SUDSnet International Conference 2018 (30-31st August 2018, Coventry). Read more about his work in WP1 .
Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas will run a workshop with Sutton Council and the South East Rivers Trust on 7th August 2018 to identify adaptation pathways to address the impacts of the expected urban growth.They will also discuss SuDS opportunities that deliver multiple benefits to the local area, and the ' SuDS in Sutton's Schools ' programme.
Photo credit. L. Kapetas 2018.
Tudor Vilcan will give a talk on Achieving Urban Flood Resilience by removing the barriers to SuDS adoption and promoting collaborative practice at the RTPI Yorkshire Conference on 12th July. Read more about his work in WP5 .
Download the Urban Flood Resilience Mid-Project Progress Report (PDF 4.7 MB)
Leon Kapetas will present at the Twenty65 conference on Identifying effective Grey / Blue Green drainage solutions through an adaptation pathways approach. The conference takes place in Manchester, 17-18th April 2018. Read more about Leon's work in WP1 .
Green Resilience Strategies and ACT release a summary report entitled Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Chage Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies, which captures workshop content and conclusions from the Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, BC, Canada
Shaun Maskrey will present on Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future on Fri 10 Novemver at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK
Members of the Urban Flood Resilience team will be at the International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7), 5-7th Sept 2017, Leeds, UK:
1) Dick Fenner will be presenting on 'overcoming barriers to blue-green infrastructure through multiple benefit evaluation'. (Weds 6th Sept)
2) Sangaralingam Ahilan will be presenting on 'assessment of long-term performance of blue-green infrastructure in urban catchments' (Weds 6th Sept)
3) Scott Arthur will be presenting in the Urban Flood Risk Management session (Thurs 7th Sept)
Dick Fenner and Leon Kapetas will be presenting at the 14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage, 10-15th September 2017, Prague, Czech Republic. Their talk is explores 'institutional perspectives on impacts and benefits of an urban flodo management project, Portland, OR'.
Download the updated Urban Flood Resilience Inception Report (PDF 10 MB)
The Urban Flood Resilience team have published their Inception Report - download and read about our exciting research (PDF 10 MB)
Prof Colin Thorne will chair a special session on 'Achieving Urban Resilience - the Blue-Green Advantage' at the Seventh International Conference on Flood Management ( ICFM7 ), 5-7th Sept 2017, Leeds, UK.
Dr Emily O'Donnell will give a presentation at the CIWEM event ' Beyond the National Flood Resilience Review: Building resilient infrastructure and communities '. 7th December 2016, London.
Download Emily's presentation Achieving urban flood resilience through Blue-Green Cities (PPT 21 MB).
Professor Colin Thorne will be a panellist at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) event ' Achieving sustainable flood-risk management in the UK ', hosted by the RGS (with IBG), 8th November 2016, London.
Professor Nigel Wright Inaugural : Flood Risk Management as a Public Good? A Journey across Disciplines and Cultures. Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, 12th October 2016.
The new 3-year multi-disciplinary Urban Flood Resilience Project begins, involving academics from the Universities of Nottingham, Exeter, Leeds, and Cambridge, and Heriot-Watt University, De Montfort University, The Open University and the University of the West of England (UWE).
The project aims to enable the coordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management.
The Urban Flood Resilience team have published 25 blogs to date, which can be found on our blog site.
Here are some of the more recent entries.
Lessons are being drawn from the near breach of Toddbrook reservoir dam concerning the vulnerability of the UK’s infrastructure to extreme events. Karen Potter reflects on the implications of the risk, liability and responsibility of ‘Toddbrooks’ being devolved to civil society. Flood risk and emergency response On August 1st 2019 approximately 1,500 residents in the ...
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Leon Kapetas (University of Cambridge) and Vladimir Krivtsov (Heriot-Watt University) present their highlights of the 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2019) and post-conference tour of Knossos and its ancient water management system. The conference The Urban Flood Resilience Consortium had the opportunity to present some of their ongoing research at the ICONHIC2019, ...
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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) was published in August 2018. Could this exercise have more to do with validating the Government’s current policy approach, rather than an accurate review of the application and effectiveness of planning policy for sustainable drainage systems? Tudor ...
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On 7th March 2019, the Urban Flood Resilience consortium and partners in Newcastle showcased progress with the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) and shared key findings from the interdisciplinary research project. The 2019 Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration was launched, committing signatories to greater use of multifunctional BGI in projects and piloting new ways of ...
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In this blog Stephen Birkinshaw (Newcastle University) discusses flood inundation and urban water modelling. As part of the Urban Flood Resilience project, I have been carrying out modelling using the CityCat urban flood model. The model produces space-time maps of flood depths and flow pathways. But it is important not to just model in isolation, ...
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In this blog, Glyn Everett presents and reflects on the ethics of care shown by some local users and residents towards blue-green spaces (primarily designed to manage flood risk), and how this can help increase a variety of multiple benefits. Introduction I have been spending time with interested groups around two of our (Urban Flood ...
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In this blog Skhue Ncube introduces her research focus on Blue-Green infrastructure and natural capital as part of the Urban Flood Resilience project. Introduction Natural capital and ecosystem services concepts are a popular way of describing the multiple benefits we get from the natural environment. The publication of the Millennium Assessment in 2005 has, along with ...
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In this blog Emily O’Donnell reports on the key messages from the CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) Surface Water Management 2018 conference (17th October). The aim of the conference was to provide a review of the progress of flood risk management, resilience and response in the UK since the publication of the ...
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This blog continues from Part 2 and presents a preliminary causal loop diagram created by the research team using the metrics and variables identified by the stakeholders in the last three workshops. It should be stressed that this is an iterative process. This will be presented to the stakeholders, whom will reiterate it over the next ...
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In this blog Vladimir Krivtsov shares his very positive impressions of the recent SUDSnet conference, which he had the pleasure to attend at the end of August 2018. It took place at Coventry University, and was dedicated to the celebration of 15 years of SUDSnet’s existence. SUDSnet is a UK-wide network for researchers, practitioners, agencies, developers ...
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