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Attribute-based intervention development for increasing resilience of urban drainage systems

Sweetapple, Chris; Fu, Guangtao; Farmani, Raziyeh; Meng, Fanlin; Ward, Sarah; Butler, David


Chris Sweetapple

Guangtao Fu

Raziyeh Farmani

Fanlin Meng

Sarah Ward

David Butler


© IWA Publishing 2018. Resilience building commonly focuses on attributes such as redundancy. Whilst this may be effective in some cases, provision of specific attributes does not guarantee resilient performance and research is required to determine the suitability of such approaches. This study uses 250 combined sewer system virtual case studies to explore the effects of two attribute-based interventions (increasing distributed storage and reducing imperviousness) on performance-based resilience measures. These are found to provide improvement in performance under system failure in the majority of case studies, but it is also shown that attribute-based intervention development can result in reduced resilience.


Sweetapple, C., Fu, G., Farmani, R., Meng, F., Ward, S., & Butler, D. (2018). Attribute-based intervention development for increasing resilience of urban drainage systems. Water Science and Technology, 77(6), 1757-1764.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2018
Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2018
Journal Water Science and Technology
Print ISSN 0273-1223
Publisher IWA Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue 6
Pages 1757-1764
Keywords global resilience analysis, intervention, urban drainage system, virtual case studies
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Additional Information Additional Information : ©IWA Publishing 2018. The definitive peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Water Science & Technology, 77, 6, 1757-1764 (2018) DOI: 10.2166/wst.2018.070 and is available at


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