Mapping the role of green natural infrastructure in flood mitigation to the world’s cities under climate change.

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Kelly Gunnell

E-mail Address:

kelly.a.gunnell@kcl.ac.uk

Start Year

2014 (Cohort 1)

Research interests:

Ecosystem services, urban ecology, climate change, biodiversity, conservation.

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Mapping the role of green natural infrastructure in flood mitigation to the world’s cities under climate change.

Research Theme

Biodiversity and Ecology

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

KCL

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

KCL

CASE Partner

Conservation International

CASE Supervisor

Dr Dave Hole

Abstract

Cities will be where the impacts of climate change will be most acutely experienced. For some cities, these impacts will be increased surface water flooding due to increased precipitation and runoff. Understanding how green infrastructure, both in the city and in rural regions, can contribute to mitigating floods is crucially important for managing the risks of climate change. This project will take an ecosystem services approach to map and model the role of green infrastructure in the flow of flood risk mitigation to the world’s cities from their upstream catchments. First I’ll examine current conditions and then scenarios under various projections of climate and land use change. The outcomes of this project will aid urban planners, city authorities and governments to determine: i) where and how much new green infrastructure to install, and ii) which existing green infrastructure and landscape features need to be preserved or expanded, in order to help respond to climate change impacts on cities.

Policy Impact

The outcomes of this project will aid urban planners, city authorities and governments to determine: i) where and how much new green infrastructure to install, and ii) which existing green infrastructure and landscape features need to be preserved or expanded, in order to help respond to climate change impacts on cities.

Background Reading
Grants and awards
  • International Waters Network Graduate Fellowship – International Waters Network – University of British Colombia
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DTP Activities

Member of the Joint DTP Summer Conference Organising Committee 2015

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