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Evidence for improved urban flood resilience by sustainable drainage retrofit

Booth, Colin A.; Rose, Carly B.; Lamond, Jessica E.; Lamond, Jessica; Rose, Carly; Booth, Colin

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Colin A. Booth

Carly B. Rose

Jessica E. Lamond

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise

Carly Rose

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Colin Booth
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures


© ICE Publishing: All rights reserved. The rapid growth of cities under modern development pressure has resulted in surface water flooding becoming an increasing hazard and future climate change uncertainties may exacerbate this threat still further: retrofitting sustainable drainage systems to attenuate stormwater runoff has been advocated as part of an integrated solution required to address this problem. Many of these adaptations not only enhance a community’s resilience to flooding, but may also offer additional benefits in terms of improved environmental amenity and quality of life. The evidence base for sustainable drainage is critically evaluated in respect of the implications for urban planning, as applied to existing housing stocks and business properties in urban areas worldwide. It is concluded that this approach can make a substantial contribution towards urban resilience as part of an integrated approach to managing extreme storms. This will be of interest to urban planners and designers considering the implementation of integrated flood risk management.


Booth, C. A., Rose, C. B., Lamond, J. E., Lamond, J., Rose, C., & Booth, C. (2015). Evidence for improved urban flood resilience by sustainable drainage retrofit. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 168(2), 101-111.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 20, 2016
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning
Print ISSN 1755-0793
Electronic ISSN 1755-0807
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 168
Issue 2
Pages 101-111
Keywords sustainability, floods & floodworks, infrastructure planning
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