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


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.


**Research Outputs**

Download the Key Project Outputs Summary (Feb 2016) (5.8 MB PDF file icon)

 

New for Feb 2016: Multiple Benefits Toolbox


Download one of the key outputs of the BGC project: the GIS Multiple Benefits Toolbox for the assessment of the relative significance and spatial distribution of the benefits of Blue-Green infrastructure. 

Read more and download tool.

 

New for 2016: BGC factsheets


Download the new BGC research factsheets; 2-page summaries of distinct research topics including sediment transport and participatory modelling. 


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.


Upcoming conferences and meetings


3rd Annual Wales Water Conference, 25th May 2016, Cardiff, Wales.

FCERM.Net Annual Assembly29th June 2016, Newcastle, UK. 

3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016). 17-21st October 2016, Lyon, France. 

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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.


EPSRC Studentship


New Southwell case study eBulletin

Futures (May 2015) PDF file icon 

New Southwell factsheet PDF file icon

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Films and interviews 


Films and interviews

Colin Thorne discussing the winter 2013-14 floods

See more BGC film releases

Blue-Green Cities end of project dissemination event Feb 2016


On the 18th February, 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.


New 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


Recent Publications


Ahilan S, Guan M, Sleigh AWright N, Chang H. The Influence of Floodplain Restoration on Flow and Sediment Dynamics in an Urban River. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 2016. Access article here

Everett G, Lawson E, Lamond J. Green infrastructure and urban water management, pp 50-66. In: Sinnett, D., Burgess, S. & Smith, N. (eds.) Handbook on Green Infrastructure: Planning, design and implementation. Edward Elgar.

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

Thorne C, Lawson E, Ozawa C, Hamlin S, Smith L. Understanding and overcoming uncertainty and lack of confidence as barriers to wide adoption of Blue-Green infrastructure for urban flood risk management. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 2015. Access article here

Everett GLamond J, Morzillo A,  Chan F, Matsler A.M. Can Sustainable Drainage Systems Help People Live With Water? Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management, 2015. Access article here.   

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

Latest blog

Rotterdam’s visionary flood and water management infrastructure

In early April 2016 I visited Rotterdam with an undergraduate student interested in researching the commonalities and disparities between sustainable water management in the Netherlands and the UK, and how (and why) their future visions for resilient cities differ. We had the opportunity to explore the city, see some of the innovate infrastructure that Rotterdam ...

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Outputs from the Blue-Green Cities Research Project (Feb 2013-2016)

The Blue-Green Cities (EPSRC EP/K013661) research team have spent the last three years creating methodologies and frameworks, conducting field and lab work, testing novel techniques, and developing models to evaluate the multiple flood risk benefits of Blue-Green Cities. A Blue-Green City aims to recreate a naturally-oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the ...

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Improving Flood Resilience: The Blue-Green Advantage (dissemination event 18th February 2016)

We need to get more for less in flood risk management. Climate change, economic development and growth increase risk, whilst funding is ever more constrained. Blue-Green infrastructure can help manage these risks whilst offering other multiple benefits; improved quality of life for communities via benefits to health, wellbeing and recreation, increased climate protection from heat ...

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The new SuDS manual (C753) is out!

The UK’s most comprehensive SuDS guidance has been released to support uptake, manage floods and create better places and spaces. As the UK moves into winter, potentially a time of greater flood risk as seen during the 2013-2014 winter, CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) has launched the most comprehensive industry SuDS guidance available ...

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Sustainable drainage systems: helping people live with water

Sustainable urban drainage systems, or SuDS, are increasingly acknowledged as an effective means of surface water management that ‘makes space for water‘ and utilises surface water as a resource rather than a nuisance. The increasing number of SuDS installations has led to potential shifts in the perception and attitudes towards these assets. This study, recently ...

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Blue-Green Cities Research Project

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University of Nottingham,
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Tel. 0115 8468137

Email: bluegreencities@nottingham.ac.uk