About this Research Topic
Climate and land cover changes are altering the hydrological cycle, leading to frequent flooding and water pollution worldwide. On the one hand, Climate Change is likely to increase the intensity of rainfall events and result in variations in peak discharges and runoff volumes which stationary-based drainage designs might not be capable of dealing with. On the other hand, the imperviousness of urban catchments is growing to satisfy the transportation and technological services demanded by citizens, thereby favouring increased runoff pollutant loads, volumes and velocities. Overall, these phenomena are threatening the capacity of drainage systems, whose design has been traditionally approached to reduce runoff accumulation by capturing stormwater and then rapidly convey it to sewer networks formed of a series of pipes and manholes linked to each other.
The suitable management of drainage systems is a branch of investigation that still needs to be addressed more in depth, since it can contribute to palliating climate and land cover changes. As such, the aim of this Research Topic is to produce knowledge about how the design and assessment of drainage systems can provide an opportunity to strengthen urban resilience against water-related hazards. Therefore, it concerns the evaluation of the capacity of traditional grey drainage networks for dealing with runoff accumulation and pollution under changing conditions, as well as both the study of alternative approaches oriented to the use Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and the consideration of hybrid systems combining both options.
This Research Topic welcomes different types of manuscript, including original research, review articles and case studies. Specific areas to be covered may include, but are not limited to:
• Impacts of climate and land cover changes on the hydrological cycle
• Flood hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment
• Nature-Based Solutions for urban water management
• Stormwater pollution modelling and reduction
• Analytical tools to support the design of sustainable drainage
Keywords: Climate Change, Land Cover Change, Flooding, Nature-Based Solutions, Stormwater pollution, Urban drainage
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