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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 …

National Flood Forum Annual Conference

Community Flood Risk Management : Improving effectiveness and efficiency On 13th March, Shaun Maskrey and Glyn Everett visited London to attend the National Flood Forum’s 2014 Annual Conference, entitled Community Flood Risk Management : Improving effectiveness and efficiency. This was a very interesting day, which began with talks from Dan Rogerson MP, Minister for Environment, Food …

Clean Water for All workshop Newcastle March 2014

This blog discusses an exciting new initiative between the Blue-Green Cities team and colleagues from the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Portland-Vancouver ULTRA (Urban Long-term Research Area) project (or PVU). Blog post by Emily Lawson. The Clean Water for All (CWFA) project began in January 2014 with an aim to build long-term, collaborative partnerships with American …

Planning for climate change in Nottingham – the potential role of Blue-Green infrastructure

On Friday 21st February, I (Emily Lawson, University of Nottingham) attended a workshop hosted by the Green Alliance Climate Leadership Programme with Lilian Greenwood MP. The workshop title was ‘Planning for climate change in Nottingham’, which resulted in some excellent discussions on strategies for managing future extreme events, e.g. flooding and drought, and the importance of …