Past Research Projects

Water Sensitive Urban Design

Water Sensitive Urban Design for Sustainable Water Resources Management under Uncertainty

Research Grant from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Title: Water Sensitive Urban Design for Sustainable Water Resources Management under Uncertainty

Position: Principal Investigator

Period: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2021

Project Description: With cities getting bigger and climate change threatening to bring more extreme weather, the concept of “water sensitive urban design” has been proposed as the philosophy of innovation. It is defined as a land planning and engineering design approach which integrates the urban water cycle including stormwater, groundwater and wastewater management and water supply, into urban design to minimize environmental degradation and improve aesthetic and recreational appeal. For better adapting the escalating threat of climate change induced hazards, it needs to have a more resilient, less vulnerable urban drainage system for sustainable rainwater management. The focus of this proposed research is placed on the use of probabilistic approaches to analyze the design problems of urban runoff retardation facilities (URRF) and consider environmental issues related to urbanization and climate change as additional design criteria for hydraulic structures in urban areas. It aims at developing a risk-based design framework for optimal design of URRF, which can consider various sources of uncertainty in the design and analysis of hydrosystems. The proposed method and research findings will have strong potential to be of significant value to governments, companies and local communities in China, the United Kingdom and other countries.

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