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Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
Centre for Water Systems, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK
Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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Water 2019, 11(5), 1082;
Received: 26 April 2019 / Revised: 21 May 2019 / Accepted: 22 May 2019 / Published: 24 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flood Risk and Resilience)
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Preliminary results of the UK Urban Flood Resilience research consortium are presented and discussed, with the work being conducted against a background of future uncertainties with respect to changing climate and increasing urbanization. Adopting a whole systems approach, key themes include developing adaptive approaches for flexible engineering design of coupled grey and blue-green flood management assets; exploiting the resource potential of urban stormwater through rainwater harvesting, urban metabolism modelling and interoperability; and investigating the interactions between planners, developers, engineers and communities at multiple scales in managing flood risk. The work is producing new modelling tools and an extensive evidence base to support the case for multifunctional infrastructure that delivers multiple, environmental, societal and economic benefits, while enhancing urban flood resilience by bringing stormwater management and green infrastructure together. View Full-Text
Keywords: blue-green infrastructure; flood risk management; sustainable; drainage systems; resilience; systems blue-green infrastructure; flood risk management; sustainable; drainage systems; resilience; systems

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Fenner, R.; O’Donnell, E.; Ahilan, S.; Dawson, D.; Kapetas, L.; Krivtsov, V.; Ncube, S.; Vercruysse, K. Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future. Water 2019, 11, 1082.

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