Nature based solutions for Urban Water Management

Deforestation and unplanned development increase flood risk, with impacts on lives, livelihoods, and built infrastructure. Understanding when natural ecosystems and land management help to mitigate flood risks and incorporating this knowledge into planning are high-priority goals for many decision-makers globally. Several projects in the lab address this issue. We are working with the Disaster Analytics group at the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) by advancing research on two fronts: modelling riverine flooding in response to changes in land management, and modelling flood exposure and risk (recent work focuses on a case study in the Chindwin Basin, Myanmar). In parallel, we are studying the performance of natural infrastructure implemented in Singapore under the ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters programme.

Difference in flood extent and depth between the current and deforestation scenarios in the area of Monywa, for the 5-year return period (Source: Mariano Balbi)

Funding Sources: 

  • Nanyang Technological University

Project Years: 

2019
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024

EOS Team: 

Principal Investigator
Co-Investigator

Collaborators: 

Co-Investigator(s):

Mariano Balbi

Rafael Schmitt