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International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) 2014, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

To be in a room filled with like-minded, enthusiastic, interested researchers here just to discuss SuDS (sustainable urban drainage systems), WSUD (water sensitive urban design) and urban drainage was a privilege During 5 days over 500 urban drainage specialists delved into the details, dynamics, processes, implications, consequences and benefits of WSUD and integrated urban water management …

Summer research in Boulder and Portland

1. Uncertainty in climate change research Lan Hoang from the Blue-Green Cities team recently attended a workshop on “Uncertainty in climate change research: an integrated approach”, organised by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA (NCAR). The workshop gathered various notable speakers from across the field of climate change research, as well as participants from …

Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy: ASC progress report, 9th July 2014

Blog post by Emily Lawson, University of Nottingham. On Wednesday 9th July I attended the Adaptation Sub Committee (ASC) annual report launch at the satellite event in Nottingham, organised by Climate UK and Climate East Midlands. The report, titled “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy”, was summarised in a presentation from Lord John Krebs, …

Clean Water for All research in Newcastle March 2014; What Multi-Disciplinary Work Looks Like

Guest blogger Maya Jarrad‘s (Reed College, Oregon) take on Clean Water for All and Blue-Green Cities research experienced as part of co-location working in Newcastle and an exciting site visit. “For me, the strongest take-away from the intensive week-long collaboration period in Newcastle was watching the many researchers explore the SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems), human-made …

7 pm in the lobby…

May 2014 saw research associates and students from the Blue-Green Cities team visit Portland to conduct co-location research with counterparts from several US institutions, led by Alan Yeakley at Portland State University. This was the Clean Water for All project (CWFA). During the first week of the project, the UK co-investigators visited Portland to provide …

Ahilan’s first trip to America

This post describes Sangaralingam Ahilan’s personal and research experiences during his first visit to Portland, Oregon. As part of the ‘Clean Water For All’ (CWFA) research initiative, Ahilan travelled for the first time to the U.S. on 3rd May for two weeks for co-location research with U.S. academics in Portland State University (PSU) and Reed College. Personal Experiences …

Restoring the Dignity of Johnson Creek (Portland, Oregon)

This is the second of our audio blogs and presents the after dinner speech given by Professor Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham) at the Annual Assembly of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC), 22 May 2014, hosted at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Colin and the Blue-Green Cities Team were in Portland in May 2014 as part …

Co-location research; it’s not just about the work…there are mountain trails to climb!

On Saturday May 10th several of the Clean Water for All (CWFA) team (and some willing hiking partners including Noelwah Netusil, Reed College and part of the CWFA team) took a break from the research and headed over the Columbia River into Washington State to climb the Hamilton Mountain trail (part of the Columbia River Gorge). This …

Faith Chan (UNNC) meets with Blue-Green Cities in Portland, May 2014

Blog post by Faith Chan, Lecturer of Environmental Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) campus. Rapid socio-economic growth and human-induced developmental effects in China is making an eye-catching global success story with tremendous business and employment opportunities attracting huge settlements on China’s coastal port cities. However, the projected effects of climate change may …

3rd EU IAHR Congress: Porto, Portugal (April 2014)

Blog post by Deonie Allen (Heriot-Watt University). The 3rd EU IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research) conference was recently held in Porto, the beautiful river city of North West Portugal. This city is best known for its discovery of Port, the aged red wine originating from this area and as a UNESCO world heritage …