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Urban Flood Resilience

Theme issue compiled and edited by Richard Fenner

Special issue of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions (Volume 378, Issue 3, April 2020) 


Flooding can pose an existential threat to some communities and cause nuisance and economic loss to many others. Building flood-resistant urban infrastructure, which is resilient to both future climate uncertainties and increasing urbanization, is one of the pressing challenges of this century. This issue brings together the current UK and international work exploring recent developments in understanding the changing drivers of flooding; system applications of flood modelling; pathways to multifunctional infrastructure that can provide multiple benefits; social, economic and community interaction with flood management interventions and the effectiveness of flood recovery responses. Several papers provide an international perspective on how countries are reacting to the need for achieving urban flood resilience. The issue argues for a paradigm shift which moves from merely managing the risks of draining water ‘away’ to creating the opportunities of capturing stormwater locally and using it as a component of urban regeneration and urban greening and as a potential resource for water supply.

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ISBN 978-1-78252-447-2