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Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities
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Blue-Green Cities (2013-2016)


The Blue-Green Cities Research Project was led by Prof Colin Thorne, University of Nottingham, and ran from 2013-2016. Nine UK Universities were involved in addition to numerous academic, industry and local government partners. 

The Research Consortium developed new strategies for managing urban flood risk as part of wider, integrated urban planning intended to achieve environmental enhancement and urban renewal in which multiple benefits of Blue-Green Cities are rigorously evaluated and understood. 

The project outputs are outlined in the Key Project Outputs Summary (Feb 2016) (5.8 MB PDF file icon) and factsheets.

This includes the GIS Multiple Benefits Toolbox for the assessment of the relative significance and spatial distribution of the benefits of Blue-Green infrastructure.   


Virtual Special Issue in the Journal of Flood Risk Management December 2018

Highlighting key outputs from the Clean Water for All research project conducted in Portland, Oregon USA, in 2015-2015. A great example of UK-USA-China collaboration.  Access VSI here. 

 

 

 

 

 *The team have now embarked on a new EPSRC-funded research project: Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future - see www.urbanfloodresilience.ac.uk*

 

What is a Blue-Green City?


A Blue-Green City aims to recreate a naturally-oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the city by bringing water management and green infrastructure together. 

This is achieved by combining and protecting the hydrological and ecological values of the urban landscape while providing resilient and adaptive measures to deal with flood events. 

Blue-Green Cities generate a multitude of environmental, ecological, socio-cultural and economic benefits. 

What is a Blue-Green City? Read our detailed definition. 

Read more about our Research.


Meet the Blue-Green Cities Research Team


Blue-Green Cities is an interdisciplinary research project led by  Colin ThorneUniversity of Nottingham

Learn more about the Blue-Green Cities  Research Team.


Example publications


Allen D, Haynes H, Arthur S.  Contamination of Detained Sediment in Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. Water, 2017, 9(5), 355 - 274. DOI: 10.3390/w9050355. 

O’Donnell E, Woodhouse R, Thorne C.  Evaluating the multiple benefits of a Newcastle surface water management scheme. Proceedings of the ICE – Water Management, 2017. DOI: 10.1680/jwama.16.00103. 

Everett G, Morzillo A, Lamond J, Matsler M, Chan F. Delivering Green Streets: An exploration of changing perceptions and behaviours over time around bioswales in Portland, Oregon. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 2015.  Access article here

See more  publications  by the Blue-Green Cities Research team.


2014 UK-US collaboration


Clean Water for All Research Project ( CWFA)

Portland, May 2014: combining research expertise of the Blue-Green Cities and Portland-Vancouver ULTRA (Urban Long-term Research Area) Projects.

CWFA dissemination: this research was presented at the  Urban Water and Flood Risk Management: The Blue-Green Advantage. A China-UK-US Knowledge Exchange Workshop, June 2015, Ningbo China.

Blue-Green Cities end of project dissemination event Feb 2016


On the 18th February 2016, the Blue-Green Cities Research Consortium and partners from the project demonstration city, Newcastle UK, hosted an event to disseminate research findings, showcase influential speakers and discuss how a Blue-Green vision for improved flood resilience might progress.  

Keynote speakers included:

  • Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development 
  • Richard Warneford, Waste Water Director, Northumbrian Water
  • Marie Fallon, Area Manager – North East, Environment Agency 
  • Colin Thorne, BGC lead, University of Nottingham 
  • Chris Kilsby and Clare Rogers, Newcastle University
  • Mary Dhonau, Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association, CEO of the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign  

Read more about the event and download the associated documents.


2015 demonstration case study: Newcastle


In 2015, the Blue-Green Cities team focussed their research on Newcastle, UK, and the assessment and evaluation of the multiple benefits of different flood risk management strategies in the urban core and middle Ouseburn catchment. Read more ( WP5).  

Find out about the Newcastle Learning and Action Alliance (LAA)


 A photograph of a church in Newcastle, 2013  

A photograph of Newcastle SuDS (storage pond), 2013

Blogs

Urban Flood Resilience team at the ICONHIC2019 (Chania, Greece)

Leon Kapetas (University of Cambridge) and Vladimir Krivtsov (Heriot-Watt University) present their highlights of the 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2019) and post-conference tour of Knossos and its ancient water management system. The conference The Urban Flood Resilience Consortium had the opportunity to present some of their ongoing research at the ICONHIC2019, ...

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Government’s latest review of sustainable drainage: a box-ticking exercise reinforcing a suboptimal state of affairs?

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) was published in August 2018. Could this exercise have more to do with validating the Government’s current policy approach, rather than an accurate review of the application and effectiveness of planning policy for sustainable drainage systems? Tudor ...

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The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

On 7th March 2019, the Urban Flood Resilience consortium and partners in Newcastle showcased progress with the implementation of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) and shared key findings from the interdisciplinary research project. The 2019 Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration was launched, committing signatories to greater use of multifunctional BGI in projects and piloting new ways of ...

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The Urban Water Detective – Where is the Water Flowing?

In this blog Stephen Birkinshaw (Newcastle University) discusses flood inundation and urban water modelling. As part of the Urban Flood Resilience project, I have been carrying out modelling using the CityCat urban flood model. The model produces space-time maps of flood depths and flow pathways. But it is important not to just model in isolation, ...

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Blue-Green Cities Research Project

Sir Clive Granger Building,
University of Nottingham,
University Park,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Tel. 0115 8468137

Email: bluegreencities@nottingham.ac.uk