Past Research Projects

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

Design of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems for Sponge Cities: Focusing on Urban Runoff Retardation Facilities in Suzhou City

Research Grant from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Title: Design of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems for Sponge Cities: Focusing on Urban Runoff Retardation Facilities in Suzhou City

Position: Principal Investigator

Period: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2021

Abstract: With cities getting bigger and climate change threatening to bring more extreme weather, the concept of “sponge cities” has been proposed in China, which is a reimagination of the urban environment where raindrop is captured, controlled and reused. 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 address the design and analysis problems of urban runoff retardation facilities (URRF) in Suzhou city. It aims at developing a risk-based design framework for optimal design of URRF in Suzhou city, 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.

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