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.
Download the Key Project Outputs Summary (Feb 2016) (5.8 MB )
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 Thorne, University of Nottingham.
Learn more about the Blue-Green Cities Research Team.
Upcoming conferences and meetings
FCERM.Net Annual Assembly. 29th June 2016, Newcastle, UK.
2016 Liveable Cities Forum: Changing Climate, Changing Communities. 12-14th September 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016). 17-21st October 2016, Lyon, France.
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.
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.
New Southwell case study eBulletin
Futures (May 2015)
New Southwell factsheet
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)
Ahilan S, Guan M, Sleigh A, Wright 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 G, Lamond 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.