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Public Perceptions of Water Butt Usage for Flood Risk Management

As global urbanisation continues to occur, many urban areas are experiencing an increased risk from surface water flooding due to a reduction in permeable land and failure of surface water drainage systems (Lamond et al., 2012; Mitchell, 2012; CIRIA, 2012). In existing urban areas it can be hard to fit some of the more intensive sustainable …

FCERM.net comes to Scotland (28th May 2015)

On 28 May 2015, The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (FCERM.net) Annual Assembly will take place in Edinburgh. The Network is headed by Heriot-Watt University’s Professor Garry Pender and aims to bring together a diverse range of professionals from across the Flood Risk Management sector, as well as those working in related disciplines. This year the …

Urban Sediment Transport through an Established Vegetated Swale: Long Term Treatment Efficiencies and Deposition

Deonie Allen (Heriot-Watt University) and colleagues have recently published a new paper in Water on their research as part of Blue-Green Cities WP2b (Sediment, Debris and Habitats). They investigated sediment transport through a vegetated swale, which can be classified as a sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS) and are present in many urban built environments. The team …

Analysing public perception and biodiversity of SuDS

Among the scientific community, sustainable urban draining systems (SuDS) are becoming increasingly popular due to the significant advantages that these systems present in terms of biodiversity, amenity, water quality, and flood risk management. However, the public may not be aware of these advantages.  The importance of public support for the implementation of any community project …

Green Infrastructure, Groundwater and the Sustainable City

In early November 2014, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture titled ‘Green Infrastructure, Groundwater and the Sustainable City’ given by Professor Larry Band, who is Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography and Director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina and Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Science. The …

Geographies of UK flooding in 2013/4

A new paper published by Prof Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham) in The Geographical Journal looks at explaining the UK flooding in winter 2013-14 and implications for sustainable management of future flood risks. The paper focuses on the geography of flooding, and in particular, the physical geography (urban and rural), social geography, and political geography. Colin concludes …

Life Cycle Costs of Blue-Green Infrastructure

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) or Whole Life Costing (WLC) is a discipline that aims to identify and manage the costs of a product or service by taking into account all cashflows throughout its life. Costs are typically grouped into capital and operational costs, meaning those that are incurred before an asset is operational (typically design …

Piloting Bayesian Networks as a technique for the participatory modelling of flood risk in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: Part II

Part II: Using the model – the final three workshops A project has been underway in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire to develop and pilot a methodology to involve stakeholders in modelling flood risk to their local catchment, and embed their local knowledge and understanding into flood risk management. The project, which is now coming to …

Enhancing impact through effective stakeholder engagement; an ARCC event for early career researchers

Blog post by Emily Lawson, University of Nottingham. On the 9th October I headed up to York to participate in a workshop on stakeholder engagement. The event was hosted by the Adaptation and Resilience to a Changing Climate (ARCC) network and was aimed at improving the skills of early career researchers and imparting ideas on how …

Hydroinfomatics Conference (HIC 2014) in the Big Apple ~ New York

Sangaralingam Ahilan took part in the 11th Hydroinfomatics conference (HIC2014) hosted by New York City College, USA on 17th-21st August 2014. The biennial conference theme focused on ‘Informatics and the Environment: Data and Model Integration in a Heterogeneous Hydro World’, and brought together 300 scientists from the all over the world to the Big Apple to …