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BlueGreen Infrastructure for a Sustainable Climate Adaptation of the Future City (2021-2025)

Published: 24 January 2022

Climate change combined with increasing urbanisation and conventional “grey” infrastructure results in numerous challenges. Ecosystem-based adaptation using Blue-Green infrastructure (BGI) is an important strategy for creating climate-proof cities by delivery of technical, environmental, economic and social services.

However, today’s BGI research and implementation does not sufficiently reflect the complexity of the whole system, especially when multi-functional services are desired. This project aims to identify when, how and why different BGI scenarios can contribute to climate change adaptation of cities by valuating environmental, economic and social/technical sustainability from a transdisciplinary, integrated view. Different BGI-scenarios on catchment level will be co-developed for areas in Stockholm and Östersund in a living lab. They will integrate variations in complexity, spatial distribution and time. Given the inter-disciplinary nature of BGI planning/management and climate adaptation, the scenario evaluation will include aspects of flood protection, socio-economic valuing, assessment for circular society, pollutant treatment and strategic management. A synthesis integrates outputs from these analyses to provide holistic evidence for choice and development of multifunctional BGI for climate-proof cities. The societal benefit of this project is illustrated by its contribution to various SDGs, specifically SGD 11, 13, 9, 3 and 15, but also SDGs 14, 6, 12, 8 and 17.

Godecke-Tobias Blecken

Godecke-Tobias Blecken, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491394
Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Maria Viklander

Viklander, Maria - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491634
Carina Lundmark

Carina Lundmark, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492503
Organisation: Political Science, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts