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Water 2016, 8(8), 332; doi:10.3390/w8080332

Re-Thinking Urban Flood Management—Time for a Regime Shift

Water Resources Engineering, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
GIS Centre/Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
Architecture and Built Environment, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
Water and Environmental Engineering, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmö SE-205 06, Sweden
AgriFood, Economics Centre, Lund University, Lund SE-220 07, Sweden
Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Lund SE-221 00, Sweden
VA Syd, Malmö SE-211 20, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Peter J. Coombes
Received: 7 June 2016 / Revised: 27 July 2016 / Accepted: 2 August 2016 / Published: 4 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Water Challenges)
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Urban flooding is of growing concern due to increasing densification of urban areas, changes in land use, and climate change. The traditional engineering approach to flooding is designing single-purpose drainage systems, dams, and levees. These methods, however, are known to increase the long-term flood risk and harm the riverine ecosystems in urban as well as rural areas. In the present paper, we depart from resilience theory and suggest a concept to improve urban flood resilience. We identify areas where contemporary challenges call for improved collaborative urban flood management. The concept emphasizes resiliency and achieved synergy between increased capacity to handle stormwater runoff and improved experiential and functional quality of the urban environments. We identify research needs as well as experiments for improved sustainable and resilient stormwater management namely, flexibility of stormwater systems, energy use reduction, efficient land use, priority of transport and socioeconomic nexus, climate change impact, securing critical infrastructure, and resolving questions regarding responsibilities. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban flooding; resilience; climate change adaptation; blue-green urban solutions urban flooding; resilience; climate change adaptation; blue-green urban solutions

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Sörensen, J.; Persson, A.; Sternudd, C.; Aspegren, H.; Nilsson, J.; Nordström, J.; Jönsson, K.; Mottaghi, M.; Becker, P.; Pilesjö, P.; Larsson, R.; Berndtsson, R.; Mobini, S. Re-Thinking Urban Flood Management—Time for a Regime Shift. Water 2016, 8, 332.

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