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 …

System interactions of stormwater management using SuDS and GI

Stormwater management solutions, such as Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Green Infrastructure (GI), interact widely with the urban landscape and a series of interdependencies between different urban infrastructure (e.g. water management, energy, telecommunications and information technology) influence the success of strategies to manage urban flood risk and stormwater and potential modification of the urban …

Improving urban flood resilience by sustainable drainage retrofit

Dr Jessica Lamond (Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England) and colleagues have recently published a new paper in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) – Urban Design and Planning. This links with Dr Lamond’s research as part of the Blue-Green Cities WP2c (Behavioral Responses of Individuals and Institutions). They investigated whether retrofitting …

Blue-Green Cities Knowledge Exchange Workshop and Symposium, Ningbo China, 15-18th June 2015

Members of the Blue-Green Cities Research Consortium, including Prof Colin Thorne and Dr Emily Lawson, School of Geography, University of Nottingham (UoN), headed over to the Ningbo China Campus (UNNC) for a week of knowledge exchange, project dissemination, engagement with City officials and cultural learning. The Ningbo event, entitled Blue-Green Cities: Integrated Approaches to Urban …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …