Green infrastructure – permeable surface

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Tree selection for green infrastructure

Lancaster University

January 2016 – March 2018

Can we improve our current approach to tree selection for green infrastructure projects? You shouldn’t rely on nursery information alone, this can offer conflicting advice. In using science to better inform tree selection, you will learn that trees from humid, moist under-storey environments do not have the drought tolerance to thrive in difficult urban planting sites.

Research Council: NERC

Troubled waters – reaching out (projects 1 & 2)

Bath Spa University

September 2015 – January 2018

The winter storms of 2013–2014 set new precedents of coastal damage in the UK, forcing government, heritage bodies and local communities to seriously reconsider the future management of coastal heritage. Organisations and communities were seemingly unprepared for these events, and were surprised by their own emotional response. In the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean, over 100,000 citizens face the possibility of permanent relocation due to climate change and sea-level rise which threaten homeland and heritage. Troubling in itself, Kiribati also presents an unsettling visualisation of a collective future. These diverse settings are brought together in this project through the exploration of current and potential loss of heritage in times of accelerated climate change.

Research Council: AHRC

Twenty65 – can rainwater be captured, treated and reused?

University of Sheffield

January 2016 – January 2021

In the UK the status quo for all water applications is to use chlorinated drinking water. However, rainwater (water captured from roofs) and greywater (water recovered from showers and sinks) can be easily captured, treated and re-used. This ongoing research programme looks at using buildings as collection devices, routing the rainwater through guttering and downpipes and into storage tanks, and how it should be possible to both reduce the volume of rainwater reaching urban drains, and to save that water for local (re)use.

Research Council: EPSRC

Urban flood resilience in an uncertain future

University of Nottingham

2018

The project aims to enable the coordinated planning, design and operation of closely coupled urban water systems necessary to achieve transformative change in urban flood risk and water management. It will investigate how planning, design, operation and organisation of both existing and new urban water systems might be envisaged and transformed in order to deliver multiple benefits (including flood resilience) under flood, normal and drought conditions.

Research Council:

Urban resilience to intense rainfall and surface water flooding in a changing climate

Loughborough University

July 2018 – June 2021

WATCH THIS SPACE: The flow of goods, people and energy essential to continued economic development are at increasing risk of flood disruption. Models, forecasts, warnings or management strategies for urban surface water flooding are less advanced, and require improved understanding and prediction of surface water flood impacts. The project will help to raise public awareness to, and improve preparedness for and recover from, surface water floods. Two-way public engagements will disseminate knowledge raised in the project as well as collect feedback from the public. 

Research Council: EPSRC

Water resilient cities: climate uncertainty & urban vulnerability to hydrohazards

Heriot-Watt University

July 2016 – June 2021

WATCH THIS SPACE: Creating resilient, sustainable, water-secure cities depends on our understanding of the potential future risks from floods and drought, and our ability to increase our resilience to them. This fellowship is quantifying the uncertainty in future hydro-hazards and designing engineering and policy interventions to help increase urban resilience and to inform urban water security adaptation plans for cities and their surrounding areas.

Research Council: EPSRC