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


The project will be performed as an integrated and sequenced set of five Work Packages (WPs) and within the contexts of Key Themes and Pressures (Figure 1, Project Structure).

WPs and activities within them are scheduled to supply outputs needed to support progress in other WPs, and test applications in the case studies, at the appropriate times (Figure 2, Project Timechart).

Case studies are central to this research and engagement with practitioners and communities throughout the project using Participatory Action Research provides an ideal pathway for dissemination of co-produced knowledge, data, analyses and methods. This will be led by WP5 who will align research in WPs 1-4 with end-user needs based on practitioner feedback on research findings at regular stakeholder meetings.


Figure 1. Project Structure [PDF]

This diagram illustrates the research project structure. All work packages are connected to each other. At the top, WP1 (resilience under change) is comprised of two sub-sections; WP1a (long-term performance and design optimization) and WP1b (GIS assessment of Blue-Green and Grey (B/G+G) approaches). WP1 is directly connected to WP2 (managing stormwater as a resource). WP1 and WP2 are situated in the ‘engineering design of integrated treatment trains’ sub-theme. WP2 is directly connected to WP3 (inter-operability with other assets). WP3 is situated in the ‘inter-operable urban flood risk management’ sub-theme. WP3 is directly connected with WP4 (citizen’s interactions with B/G+G urban flood risk management assets). All work packages directly connected with WP5 (achieving urban flood resilience in practice via urban retrofit, renewal and new-build case studies). WP4 and WP5 are situated in the ‘sustainable service delivery and planning’ sub-theme. The key themes that run throughout the research project include; holistic urban flood risk management; integrated treatment trains; inter-operability and connectivity; co-optimisation and multi-functional design; sustainable service delivery; adaptive capacity; and partnership working. The key pressures that run throughout the research project include; climate change impacts; demographic changes; new build development; retrofit solutions; urban renewal and gentrification; and community behaviour. A range of UK stakeholders will be involved in the research, including; CIRIA; Environment Agency; infrastructure related Grand Challenges; developers/asset owners/operators; community representatives; industry/practitioners; catchment partnerships; LGA; and FCERM.Network. A range of international collaborations and partnerships will be involved in the research, including; USA (Portland, Philadelphia, MIT, San Francisco); Canada (Calgary, Toronto), Europe (Rotterdam, TU Delft, KTH Stockholm Sweden); Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Monash University); Far East (IT Mumbai, Ningbo, SE University China, Nanjing, University of Nottingham Ningbo).


Figure 2. Project Timechart [PDF]


This diagram details the activities of the Urban Flood Resilience team over the course of the three year project. A project start-up meeting (including Strategic Advisory Board) will occur in month 1. WP1 (resilience under change) will run from month 1 to 36. WP1a (long-term performance and design optimization) will run from month 1 to 24. WP1b (GIS assessment of Blue-Green and Grey (B/G+G) approaches) will run from month 19 to 36. WP2 (managing stormwater as a resource) will run from month 1 to 36. WP3 (inter-operability with other assets) will run from month 13 to 36. WP4 (citizen’s interactions with B/G+G urban flood risk management assets) will run from month 1 to 24. WP5 (achieving urban flood resilience in practice) will run from month 1 to 36. Quarterly progress meeting will take place in months 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36. Strategic Advisory Board meeting will take place in months 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36. Dissemination activities will begin in month 13 and increase in intensity until the end of the project in month 36.



Links to individual work packages


WP1 Resilience

A photograph of a green wall in Paris, France

WP2 Resource

A photograph of a Nottingham rain garden 

WP3 Inter-operability

A photograph of a green tram tracks in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

WP4 Interactions

A photograph of a Halifax, Nova Scotia, street trees (Canada)

WP5 Practice

A photograph of a SuDS pond in Newcastle, UK

 

Urban Flood Resilience Research Project

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 846 8137

email: urbanfloodresilience@nottingham.ac.uk