This section provides an overview of recent research or projects underway that have relevance to SuDS and surface water management. If you have other research projects you would like listed here please contact Paul .



Local Flood Risk Research Framework

Environment Agency/CH2MHill, 2013

An urban drainage research framework was prepared in 2008. It set the agenda for several research projects commissioned by organisations such as the Environment Agency, Defra, UKWIR, Ofwat, CIRIA and the research councils.


In 2013/14 the framework is being refreshed and re-launched so that it continues to meet the needs of Risk Management Authorities. The new Local Flood Risk Research framework will define a five year programme of activities which is supported by all those who commission and use research.

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Skills Integration and New Technologies (SKINT)  

Sheffield University, 2012 

SKINT facilitates the implementation of sustainable urban land and water management by improving the integration of water management and spatial planning processes.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership between UAD Scottish Water – legacy SUDS 

University of Abertay, 2012 

Scottish Water has gained skills and knowledge in newly constructed SUDS through the current KTP association, although there remains a lack of in-depth knowledge and expertise on the particular issues of legacy SUDS.

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SUDS for roads: Transitioning road runoff management

University of Abertay, 2012 

The aim of the research project is to investigate and develop cost-effective strategies for incorporating SUDS on roads in order to help transition into sustainable management of road runoff.

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Development of a strategy for managing diffuse pollution 

University of Abertay, 2012 

Research review of mainstream and grey literature to identify key elements in developing a strategic approach to managing diffuse sources of pollution, including characterisation and quantification of impacts, identification and evaluation of techniques to manage diffuse sources, and identification and evaluation of mechanisms to bring the management techniques into routine use.

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Sustainable water management improves tomorrows cities health (SWITCH) 

Arup, 2011 

SWITCH is an action research programme, implemented and co-funded by the European Union and a cross-disciplinary team of 33 partners from 15 countries around the world. The vision of SWITCH is for sustainable urban water management in the 'City of the Future'.

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An assessment of the use of green and food based compost for a Prefabricated Vegetated Component (PVC) in a Sustainable Drainage device 

Coventry University, 2011 

This project assesses the technical, environmental and commercial potential of using green and food based composts as part of a Prefabricated Vegetated Component (PVC) for use in a SUDS component such as a swale.

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Environment Agency, 2011 

City Flood is a partnership between four councils in Yorkshire and the North East (East Riding, Gateshead, Hull and Newcastle) and the Environment Agency. The project aims to look at the way SWMPs and the modelling methods required to produce them are developed. Additionally, the project aims to identify best practice and efficiencies that can be shared across Yorkshire, the North East and the rest of the England and Wales. Contact: John Cross, Peter Kerr

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Environment Agency, 2011 

CityCAT (City Catchment Analysis Tool) is based on an existing state-of-the-art Noah 2-D hydrodynamic model developed previously at Newcastle University. The specification described a novel and unique software tool for modelling, analysis and visualisation of urban surface water flooding and experimentation of flood alleviation measures.

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Ground related requirements for new housing 

NHBC Foundation, 2011 

The NHBC Foundation undertook this project to identify the scale and nature of issues already being encountered, to test/understand the levels of awareness of legislative changes and to test reaction to a number of proposals for mandatory build standards for adoptable sewers, currently under consideration and/or consultation by Defra.

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Managing Adaptive Responses to changing flood risk (MARE) 

Sheffield University, 2011 

MARE is developing and demonstrating a transnational approach to local Flood Risk Management. The overarching aim of the project is to enable widespread implementation of local adaptive measures to reduce and adapt to flood risk.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership between UAD Scottish Water (SW) – Sewers for Scotland (2nd Edition) SUDS 

University of Abertay, 2011 

Changes in legislation meant that Scottish Water were required from 1st November 2007 to adopt public SUDS. These adopted systems become part of the assets of SW used to provide water services.  In order to deliver this improvement in customer service in relation to connections and adoption of Legacy SUDS, SW identified the need for an efficient technical process due to the current lack of experience. The project addresses the lack of skills, both in the customer care team and in the company generally.

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The value of a geotextile in permeable paving 

University of Abertay, 2010 

This pilot project undertook a relatively small series of tests to determine whether or not an upper geotextile layer within a permeable paving system provides beneficial water quality and hydraulic properties. A geotextile layer within permeable paving construction may be required for a number of reasons including strength to withstand high loadings, poor ground conditions, or the need to prevent the migration upwards of fine sediments.

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Interreg IIIB NWE urban water project – Sustainable water management in urban space 

University of Abertay, 2008 

The vision of the Urban Water Project was to develop a holistic and generally systemic approach for sustainable water management in urban areas. The partners worked together on solutions to integrate spatial planning and water management.

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Foresight - Future Flooding 

BIS, 2004 

The Foresight project Flooding and Coastal Defence produced a challenging and long-term (30 - 100 years) vision for the future of flood and coastal defence in the whole of the UK that takes account of the many uncertainties, is robust, and can be used as a basis to inform policy and its delivery.

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SUDS in Scotland – The monitoring programme of the Scottish Universities SUDS monitoring group 

SNIFFER, 2004 

The purpose of this research was to provide a substantial body of knowledge on the performance of SUDS (in terms of water quality, hydrology and amenity) and the factors that affect performance. The project involved the continuation of a five year programme of monitoring and assessment of SUDS performance. Two principal categories of SUDS system were monitored: source control and site/regional control systems. Assessments of the quantity and quality of sediments, biodiversity at ponds and public perception have been investigated.

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