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Special Issue "Urban Drainage Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Director Climate Change and Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, Bliss St., Beirut 2020-1100, Lebanon
Interests: climate change; adaptation; vulnerability; resilience; water-energy-food nexus; water security; water resources management; urban/agricultural drainage
1. Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA;
2. Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, Bliss St., Beirut 2020-1100, Lebanon
Interests: water-energy-food nexus; water productivity; soil water characterization and modeling
Increased population growth and, in many areas, uncontrolled urbanization have led to increased imperviousness in cities across the world. This has resulted in an upsurge of urban flooding and the impairment of waterbodies due to increased stormwater flow rate, peak flow, and total volumes draining into streams, lakes, and estuaries. It has also resulted in larger pollutant loads that have impaired these water bodies. Traditional urban drainage systems, built with flooding in mind, drain stormwater rapidly into surface or subsurface conduits. Alternative sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) that integrate green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices can minimize flows from existing developments while controlling natural flows, thus reducing flooding and pollution and, at the same time, increasing infiltration and groundwater recharge.
The adoption of GSI approaches in urban drainage has been increasing mostly because of incentive programs or regulations. With climate change and the increasing detection of emerging contaminants in the environment, many challenges and unknowns regarding SUDS remain. The technical and cost effectiveness and physical footprint of existing GSI designs need to be assessed for their performance, with regard to their space requirements and the expected frequent occurrence of extreme events. Urban drainage systems that address the increasing water pollution from hormones and pharmaceuticals also need to be developed. Assessing the current regulations and programs that encourage cities to accept SUDS is necessary for their wider adoption internationally.
This Special Issue aims to gather scientific contributions and case studies that address the challenges faced by urban drainage networks within a changing environment. Worldwide findings on the betterment of urban drainage networks can be greatly beneficial to the increased implementation of SUDS and GSI practices.
Prof. Dr. Fouad H. Jaber
Prof. Dr. Nadim Farajalla
Prof. Dr. Hadi H. Jaafar
Dr. Bassel Daher
Prof. Dr. Rabi H. Mohtar
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