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Government’s latest review of sustainable drainage: a box-ticking exercise reinforcing a suboptimal state of affairs?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) was published in August 2018. Could this exercise have more to do with validating the Government’s current policy approach, rather than an accurate review of the application and effectiveness of planning policy for sustainable drainage systems? Tudor …

The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

On 7th March 2019, the Urban Flood Resilience consortium and partners in Newcastle showcased progress with the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) and shared key findings from the interdisciplinary research project. The 2019 Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration was launched, committing signatories to greater use of multifunctional BGI in projects and piloting new ways of …

The Urban Water Detective – Where is the Water Flowing?

In this blog Stephen Birkinshaw (Newcastle University) discusses flood inundation and urban water modelling. As part of the Urban Flood Resilience project, I have been carrying out modelling using the CityCat urban flood model. The model produces space-time maps of flood depths and flow pathways. But it is important not to just model in isolation, …

Ethics of care towards Blue-Green spaces

In this blog, Glyn Everett presents and reflects on the ethics of care shown by some local users and residents towards blue-green spaces (primarily designed to manage flood risk), and how this can help increase a variety of multiple benefits. Introduction I have been spending time with interested groups around two of our (Urban Flood …

Impact of Blue-Green infrastructure investment pathways on dynamic evolution of natural capital

In this blog Skhue Ncube introduces her research focus on Blue-Green infrastructure and natural capital as part of the Urban Flood Resilience project. Introduction Natural capital and ecosystem services concepts are a popular way of describing the multiple benefits we get from the natural environment. The publication of the Millennium Assessment in 2005 has, along with …

Surface water flood risk and resilience

In this blog Emily O’Donnell reports on the key messages from the CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) Surface Water Management 2018 conference (17th October). The aim of the conference was to provide a review of the progress of flood risk management, resilience and response in the UK since the publication of the …

Using System Dynamics for Sustainable Water Management in Ebbsfleet: Part 3

This blog continues from Part 2 and presents a preliminary causal loop diagram created by the research team using the metrics and variables identified by the stakeholders in the last three workshops. It should be stressed that this is an iterative process. This will be presented to the stakeholders, whom will reiterate it over the next …

SUDSnet International conference and network

In this blog Vladimir Krivtsov shares his very positive impressions of the recent SUDSnet conference, which he had the pleasure to attend at the end of August 2018. It took place at Coventry University, and was dedicated to the celebration of 15 years of SUDSnet’s existence. SUDSnet is a UK-wide network for researchers, practitioners, agencies, developers …

Human-Environment Interactions and the El Niño Costero floods in Piura, Northern Peru

In this blog, Leon Kapetas discusses flooding, vulnerability and risk management in Piura, Peru. When Piura’s civil protection team asked residents to evacuate their villages in Piura’s river floodplain, they hesitated to leave. They knew that a flood was going to arrive soon and put themselves and their properties at risk, but they also knew …

Using System Dynamics for Sustainable Water Management in Ebbsfleet: Part 2

In a previous blog (System Dynamics Part 1), we gave a presentation of the Ebbsfleet case study, summarised what delivering a System Dynamics model could entail and began the process of developing the model by defining the problem. In this blog post, we will go over the next step, the definition of metrics and variables, while …