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A decision framework for integrated green grey infrastructure (IGGIframe) 

University of Glasgow April 2016 – December 2017 Using this framework can help understand the costs and benefits of applying green infrastructure principles to hard infrastructure like bridges and estuary walls. As businesses operate as part of a community, communities can also benefit from these investments in GI Research Council: NERC Larissa Naylor @biogeomorph University … Continue reading A decision framework for integrated green grey infrastructure (IGGIframe) 

ADAPT: smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change.

University of Leeds June 2016 – June 2021 WATCH THIS SPACE: It is likely that 80% of the world’s population will live in urban centres by 2050. As transport is a very significant contributor to global carbon emissions, as well as road congestion and urban air quality problems, it is important that everyone is encouraged … Continue reading ADAPT: smart approaches to influencing sustainable behaviour change.

Adaptation and resilience of coastal energy supply

University of Liverpool November 2011 – October 2017 Here is a decision-support tool that will enable sustainable coastal energy; this online map viewer can be used for exploring potential future flooding to identify how coastal power stations, substations and distribution grid can be adapted to future climate change impacts and thus become more resilient. Research … Continue reading Adaptation and resilience of coastal energy supply

Adaptive mesh simulation of different scale flood inundation

Newcastle University October 2008 – March 2012 This project assessed and improved the computer modelling of flood flows that can adapt to local topography and obstruction, efficiently generating accurate solution even where the flow is very complex. This will mean that very accurate simulation can be applied at a range of different scales (from small … Continue reading Adaptive mesh simulation of different scale flood inundation

Aquatic Micro Aerial Vehicles (AquaMAV): Bio-inspired air-water mobility for robotics

Imperial College London 2014 – 2018 Water-monitoring flying robots to help rapidly respond to accidents and improve management of water resources. The AquaMAV has sufficient battery capacity for 14 minutes of flight in air at 10m/s, which corresponds to a 5km range at which the robot can dive into water and return to base with … Continue reading Aquatic Micro Aerial Vehicles (AquaMAV): Bio-inspired air-water mobility for robotics

Assessing the contribution of domestic gardens to urban ecosystem services

Manchester Metropolitan University January 2016 – April 2017 Domestic gardens offer a valuable source of green infrastructure (GI) within an urban environment. They are important patches of greenspace that can provide connectivity between larger areas of GI (parks, recreation grounds etc), therefore improving the functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide, such as reducing … Continue reading Assessing the contribution of domestic gardens to urban ecosystem services

Blue-Green Cities: Delivering and evaluating multiple flood risk benefits

University of Nottingham 2013–2016 Blue-Green infrastructure aimed to increase understanding of people’s perceptions and provide a methodology for the robust evaluation of the multiple functionalities of Blue-Green infrastructure which demonstrates the relative significance of benefits in context specific locations. This tool compliments CIRIA BeST (Benefits of SuDS Tool), and the team are now embarking on … Continue reading Blue-Green Cities: Delivering and evaluating multiple flood risk benefits

Can ‘Flood Re’ increase the resilience of small businesses? Investigating flood insurance and other strategies to move forward

University of Leeds April 2016 Financial protection against flood risk has been recognised a way to protect assets and livelihoods. However, concerns exist about the affordability of cover in high risk areas. Flood Re, a scheme were premiums are subsidised, were created to help households, but excludes micro-businesses, small businesses, charities and co-operatives in high-risk … Continue reading Can ‘Flood Re’ increase the resilience of small businesses? Investigating flood insurance and other strategies to move forward

Communicating flood risk

Climate Outreach 2015 It is important to build community resilience for future climate impacts as well as develop more productive conversations about climate change within the context of flooding. Research Council: ESRC Adam Corner @AJCorner Communicating flood risk

Community resilience to extreme weather

Cranfield University February 2008 – November 2011 Flooding is recognised as a critical business threat, though seldom sufficiently prioritised for developing a coping strategy. It was perceived as an unavoidable risk that required community level engagement (structural protection, better drainage system, proper drainage maintenance). Nearly half of SMEs examined had neither considered the risks nor … Continue reading Community resilience to extreme weather