Global Challenges Academy

Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain F

Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future

  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Partnered with: University of Nottingham, UK; Northumbrian Water, UK; ARUP, UK
  • Region: Global

Flooding poses one of the greatest environmental challenges for cities, and is exacerbated by climate change. As extreme weather events, particularly heavy rainfall, are expected to increase in future, there is a strong need to implement measures in cities to become more resilient to environmental change.

How we are meeting this challenge

  • We're looking at how water from major storm events could be collected and stored as a resource in cities rather than simply draining into wastewater treatment systems
  • Our research combines modelling approaches to ‘grey infrastructure’ and the movement of water through the soil and vegetation. Using Newcastle as a test bed, we aim to calculate the long-term resource potential for stormwater
  • We're also evaluating the multiple benefits of sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) and blue-green infrastructure to assess their potential to deliver flood resilience internationally
Flooding in India.

Who will benefit

Everyone who lives or works in a city that's at risk of flooding; residents, businesses and local authorities. While our work focuses on scenarios in the UK, the research has major global implications for preparing cities for flooding.

Project team

  • Professor Chris Kilsby
  • Mr Vassilis Glenis
  • Dr Greg O’Donnell
  • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Northumbrian Water, United Kingdom
  • ARUP, United Kingdom

Further information

If you would like to find out further information visit Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future website.

Let's work together

If you're interested in working with us on a future research project, or would like to collaborate, email us today: global.challenges@ncl.ac.uk