Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future
University of Nottingham
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WP3. Interoperability with other systems


We are investigating the potential for employing interoperable Blue-Green and Grey infrastructure to increase urban flood resilience. Specifically, WP3 aims to produce the knowledge and approach necessary to facilitate a system-of-systems approach to urban flood management through the concept of interoperability.

 

Interoperability: the active management of connections between urban systems to increase the functionality of the whole system (the city) to deal with water exceedance events.

 

Photo 1 (left) Creative example of interoperability: A photo of Parisians keeping their feet dry using a bridge of chairs after a flood of the Seine in 1924. (Source: Astonishing Pictures Twitter Account: @AstonishingPix, 1 Feb 2016).  Photo 2 (right) Existing example of interoperability: a photo of a speed hump and earth bund redirect water away from residential houses towards the highway for temporary storage in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, UK (Source: Digman, C. et al., (2014) Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance, CIRIA).

Photo 1 (left) Creative example of interoperability: Parisians keeping their feet dry using a bridge of chairs after a flood of the Seine in 1924. (Source: Astonishing Pictures Twitter Account: @AstonishingPix, 1 Feb 2016).

Photo 2 (right) Existing example of interoperability: a speed hump and earth bund redirect water away from residential houses towards the highway for temporary storage in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, UK (Source: Digman, C. et al., (2014) Managing urban flooding from heavy rainfall - encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance, CIRIA).



WP3 Objectives


Objective 1

  • Conceptualise interoperability in the context of urban flood management and investigate the potential for enhancing the connection of Blue-Green/Grey water management infrastructure with existing assets and systems (drainage and transport networks, green space, etc.) to increase drainage capacity and reduce flood risk. A factsheet and concept paper will serve as a starting point for discussion and engagement with practitioners about a system-of-systems approach to flood management. 

Objective 2

  • Investigate how to use spatial information (e.g. on flood risk, infrastructure, socio-economic characteristics, etc.) to screen urban areas to locate opportunity areas for connecting existing infrastructure systems and identifying possibilities for interoperability. To this end, primary and secondary data will be drawn from ordinance survey sources and engagement with flood management practitioners, infrastructure asset owners and service operators to identify infrastructure interdependencies and vulnerabilities. 

Objective 3

  • Use the developed interoperability screening approach to demonstrate and evaluate interoperable solutions alongside other work package outputs at case study localities and by extension wider urban environments nationally (WP5).


An image summariwsing the three objectives of the interoperability research. Objective 1: 1. Conceptualise interoperability in the context of urban flood management and investigate the potential for enhancing the connection of Blue-Green/Grey water management infrastructure with existing assets and systems; Objective 2: 2. Investigate how to use spatial information (e.g. on flood risk, infrastructure, socio-economic characteristics, etc.) to screen urban areas to locate opportunity areas for connecting existing infrastructure systems and identifying possibilities for interoperability, Objective 3; 3. Use the developed interoperability screening approach to demonstrate and evaluate interoperable solutions alongside other work package outputs at case study localities.



WP team


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