Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities
University of Nottingham

About the Blue-Green Cities Research Project

The Blue-Green Cities Research Project (2013-2016) was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), led by Colin Thorne at the University of Nottingham.

The project was highly interdisciplinary, utilising the skills of academics specialising in flood inundation modelling, computation fluid dynamics, sediment and debris processes, river restoration and habitats, urban drainage infrastructure, environmental economics, uncertainty, flood risk management, and stakeholder engagement. 

Blue-Green Cities was one of the three research consortia funded at the April 2012 EPSRC ‘Sand Pit’ and formed part of the EPSRC Flood Risk Management Network (FCERM.Net). 

Photograph of Mount St. Helens behind the tree line, Portland, OR

Project Themes

  • Communication (internal and external) 
  • Identifying and quantifying uncertainties 
  • Stakeholder engagement and co-production of knowledge
  • Flood inundation mapping under different scenarios
  • Sediment and debris source and transfer monitoring
  • Changing habitats in urban river reaches
  • Behaviours and attitudes towards flood risk management (FRM) and Blue-Green Infrastructure 
  • FRM components and interfaces in urban systems
  • Evaluation and synthesis of benefits of Blue-Green Infrastructure
  • Demonstration Case Study

Inception Report

Read the Blue-Green Cities Inception Report (2 MB) PDF file icon

(updated Dec 2014)

Blue-Green Cities Leaflet   PDF file icon


Blue-Green Cities Research Project

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

Tel. 0115 8468137