Special Issue "Sustainable Drainage Systems"


A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Miklas Scholz
Civil Engineering Research Group, School of Computing, Science and Engineering, The University of Salford, Newton Building, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, England, UK
Website: http://www.cse.salford.ac.uk/profile.php?profile=M.Scholz
E-Mail: m.scholz@salford.ac.uk
Phone: +44 161 295 5921
Interests: wastewater treatment; storm water management; runoff control; wetlands; biological filtration; sustainable water management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban water management has changed over the last ten years, transforming from building traditional sewers to implementing sustainable drainage systems, which are also known as best management practice in the USA and are part of a water-sensitive urban design philosophy. Sustainable drainage systems such as permeable pavements, infiltration trenches, green roofs, ponds and wetlands address water quality and quantity challenges, and should enhance the local biodiversity while also being acceptable to the public. Barriers for their implementation include adoption problems, flood and diffuse pollution control challenges, negative public perception and a lack of decision support tools addressing particularly the retrofitting of these systems. Therefore, I would like to call for papers to disseminate and share findings on current challenges facing sustainable drainage systems.
Papers are selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application. Original research paper or reviews are invited in the following and related areas:
  • Infiltration techniques
  • Ponds and wetland systems
  • Adoption of sustainable drainage systems
  • Climate change adaptation measures
  • Public perception of sustainable drainage
  • Integration of sustainable drainage into water-sensitive urban design
  • Decision-support systems

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Miklas Scholz
Guest Editor


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  • adoption
  • best management practice
  • climate change adaptation
  • decision-support system
  • infiltration
  • pond
  • public perception
  • sustainable drainage system
  • water-sensitive urban design
  • wetland

Published Papers (7 papers)

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Water 2014, 6(7), 2070-2083; doi:10.3390/w6072070
Received: 14 May 2014; in revised form: 25 June 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
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p. 1069-1099
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Water 2014, 6(4), 1069-1099; doi:10.3390/w6041069
Received: 3 January 2014; in revised form: 13 April 2014 / Accepted: 17 April 2014 / Published: 24 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(4), 976-992; doi:10.3390/w6040976
Received: 27 February 2014; in revised form: 12 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
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p. 839-857
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Water 2014, 6(4), 839-857; doi:10.3390/w6040839
Received: 18 December 2013; in revised form: 24 March 2014 / Accepted: 25 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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Water 2014, 6(3), 661-669; doi:10.3390/w6030661
Received: 20 January 2014; in revised form: 14 March 2014 / Accepted: 18 March 2014 / Published: 24 March 2014
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Water 2013, 5(4), 2038-2057; doi:10.3390/w5042038
Received: 4 November 2013; in revised form: 29 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
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Water 2013, 5(4), 1741-1759; doi:10.3390/w5041741
Received: 17 August 2013; in revised form: 30 September 2013 / Accepted: 17 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Infiltration and storage performance of several permeable pavements under extreme rainfall intensities
Authors: Jorge Rodriguez-Hernandez; Daniel Castro Fresno; Valerio Carlos Alessio Andres Valeri and Luis Angel Sañudo Fontaneda
Affiliations: Grupo de Investigación de Tecnología de la Construcción (GITECO), Construction Technology Applied Research Group, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain; E-Mail: jorge.rodriguez@unican.es (J.R.-H.); daniel.castro@unican.es (D.C.F.); valerio.andres@unican.es (V.C.A.A.V.); luisangel.sanudo@unican.es (L.A.S.F.)
Abstract: Permeable pavements are widely recognized as one of the most used Low Impact Development (LID) strategies or Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) in the world. In spite of the fact that this system has been highly studied during the last times, it still exist a lack of analysis regarding their infiltration and storage performance under extreme rainfall events. This laboratory study pretends to describe more deeply the infiltration and storage behaviour of different permeable pavement designs by measuring the infiltration rates registered in three different heights of the sub-base under four rainfall intensities of 50, 100, 200 and 400 mm/hr. Two permeable surfaces such as Porous Asphalt (PA) and Interlocking Concrete Block Pavement (ICBP) have been analyzed. Moreover, two sub-bases of limestone aggregates and Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) slag were studied in order to check their influence. All results and statistical analysis are presented in this article, highlighting the main conclusions pointed out by this laboratory study.

Title: Channel processes in mountain river drainage basins as a dynamic template of physical habitat for salmonid fish
Author: Marwan Hassan
Affiliation: Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z2, USA; E-Mail: marwan.hassan@geog.ubc.ca
Abstract: Salmonid fish (salmon, trout, char) are keystone species in many ecosystems and provide important ecosystem services that extend beyond their aquatic environment. As a result, widespread declines observed in many salmonid populations have caused substantial concern and posed important challenges for environmental managers. In numerous cases these declines have been attributed to river habitat degradation or loss due to global environmental change (climate and land use). Importantly, climate and land use changes have led to alteration of physical habitat, on which the fish depend.

Title: Hydrodynamic performances of air-water flow in confluent unit with and without swirl generation vanes for drainage system of building
Authors: D.-C. Lo1, S-F. Liou2 and S.W. Chang3*
1 Professor, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan
2 General manager, Golden Power Ltd, Hong Kong
3 Professor, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan; E-Mail: swchang@webmail.nkmu.edu.tw
Abstract: This paper describes the hydrodynamic characteristics of air-water flows in the confluent unit devices (CUD) with and without swirl generation vanes (SGV). Numerical treatments adopt turbulence model to attack the moving boundary problems with and without the swirls induced by SGV. The variations of free surface, fluid velocity and pressure in the mixing vessels at transient conditions are numerically examined. Experimental test results reconfirm the numerical predications with emphases on the fresh water replenishment, maximum capacities and airflow pressure oscillations. Both numerical and experimental results show that the swirls tripped by the SGV assist the interfacial segregation. Favorable hydrodynamic performances attributing to present SGV for transmitting air-water flows through a CUD are ensured for the applications to a modern drainage system aimed at preventing odour transmissions.
Keywords: Swirls; Air-water Flow; Drainage; Building

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