Past Research Projects

Flooding and Stormwater Management

Initiatives for Sustainable Urban Development in China: Focusing on Flooding and Stormwater Management

Research Grant from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

 

Title: Initiatives for Sustainable Urban Development in China: Focusing on Flooding and Stormwater Management

Position: Principal Investigator

Period: 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2022

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 re-imagination of the urban environment where raindrop is captured, controlled and reused. For better adaptation to the escalating threat of climate change induced hazards, the city needs to have a more resilient, less vulnerable urban drainage systems for sustainable stormwater management. The focus of this research is placed on the use of probabilistic approaches to describe hydrological processes of urban water cycle and their applications to the design and performance evaluation of stormwater management facilities in pilot cities in China. Under different types of climate change and urbanization scenarios, it aims to develop a risk-based framework for the optimal design of facilities considering various sources of uncertainty. Finally, a design guideline for urban stormwater management will be provided from reliability evaluation under precipitation extremes.

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