Sustainable drainage systems: helping people live with water

Sustainable urban drainage systems, or SuDS, are increasingly acknowledged as an effective means of surface water management that ‘makes space for water‘ and utilises surface water as a resource rather than a nuisance. The increasing number of SuDS installations has led to potential shifts in the perception and attitudes towards these assets. This study, recently …

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 …

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 …

Nick Mount talks drainage in São Paulo, Brazil (audio blog)

Presenting the first Blue-Green Cities audio blog! Emily Lawson and Nick Mount (School of Geography, University of Nottingham) discuss the current drainage structure in São Paulo, Brazil, and potential for future implementation measures to reduce the flood risk and transform the character of the city while delivering multiple benefits to the region. Go to audio blog. …

WIT conference on ‘Sustainable Cities’ Malaysia 2013

Blog post by Glyn Everett, Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England (CFCR UWE). I work on WP2c of the Blue-Green Cities (BGC) project, looking to develop evidence-based rules of individual and institutional behaviour in response to flooding and different flood risk management strategies, that we can feed into an …