Water, Environment and Communities

  • Water, Environment and Communities
  • Flooding
  • Water, Environment and Communities

The Water, Environment and Communities Research Group undertakes applied research on a range of contemporary themes relating to water and the environment reflecting the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of issues concerning the development of resilient communities. This is delivered through a portfolio of applied interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange, education, community engagement and advice for decision makers and policy makers at all levels. The Group's work embraces and integrates local, national and international perspectives on water, focusing on environmental challenges towards sustaining resilient communities.

Water Science and Technology

This sub-group focuses on the application of advanced technical and analytical tools to address a range of complex challenges facing the water industry and concerned with improving the quality, supply and management of water with a focus on the areas of activity listed below.

Areas of Activity

  • Hydraulics and fluid dynamics
  • Modelling and control
  • Structures and materials
  • Water distribution and engineering

Water Resource Management

Globally, the occurrence of floods is the most frequent among of all natural disasters. In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded $40 billion. The Environment Agency estimates a total of 5.2 million properties in England and Wales, or one in six homes, are at risk of flooding. This sub-group focusses on the development of contemporary approaches towards improving resilience to flooding with a focus on property level responses and adaptations.

Areas of Activity

  • Flood risk management
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Water quality
  • Resilience and adaptation

Water Policy and Governance

This sub-group focuses on the development and implementation of appropriate water policy at national and regional levels. This includes the associated governance arrangements to support effective planning and implementation of blue / green infrastructure to support the development of healthy environments.

Areas of Activity

  • Planning and planning policy
  • Environmental history
  • Community engagement and resilience
  • Water for leisure

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Key Publications
  • Y Fu And Wenyan Wu Behavioural Informatics for Improving Water Hygiene Practice based on IoT Environment Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 78 (2018) 156-166, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2017.11.006, https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Wd-45SMDQUvEZ, Elsevier, ISSN: 1532-0464
  • Zhaozhao Tang Wenyan WU X Han M Zhao An Experimental Study of Two-Phase Pulse Flushing Technology in Water Distribution Systems Journal Water 2017, 9 927 http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w9120927 ,ISSN 2073-4441
  • Z Tang W Wu,J Gao Po Yang, Feasibility Study on Wireless Passive SAW Sensor in IoT enabled Water Distribution System, the 10th IEEE conference on Internet of Things ( i-Things 2017) Exeter UK June 2017
  • Surminski, Di Mauro, Baglee, Connell, Ingirige, Hankinson, Haworth, Proverbs (2018) Assessing climate risks across different businesses and industries– reflections on methods and approach from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment process, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Published 30 April 2018. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2017.0307
  • Proverbs, D.G. and Lamond, J. (2017) Flood Resilient Construction and Adaptation of Buildings, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.111
  • Oladukan,V., Proverbs, D. and Lamond, J. (2017) Measuring flood resilience: A fuzzy logic approach, International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Volume 35, Issue 4.
  • Lamond, J. , Bhattacharya-Mis, N. Chan, F., Kreibich, H, Montz, B. Proverbs, D. and Wilkinson, S. (2017)  Flood risk mitigation and commercial property advice: an international comparison, RICS Research Report, http://www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/research/research-reports/flood-risk-mitigation-and-commercial-property-advice/
Research Students
  • Taiwo Adedeji – The Development of a Measurement Framework for Property Level Flood Resilience
  • Oluwayemi Oladunjoye – ‘A Cost - Benefit Appraisal of Retrofit of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems Towards Improved Flood Risk Mitigation’
  • Varsha Radhakrishnan - Zero Power Energy Management in IoT enabled Smart Water Systems

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