Aging urban conventional (water) infrastructure with declining performance, and changing climate are impacting water resources and their management. The resulting stresses are particularly strong in the case of urban drainage systems, which traditional grey infrastructure cannot sustainably manage as these measures just shift the stress downstream. Pockets of progressive green infrastructures, or so-called Blue Green Solutions (BGI), such as green roofs, swales, and other green infrastructures, on the other hand, manage stormwater as close to the source as possible while also improving water quality, biodiversity, and amenity.
Utsav Adhikari’s research is focused on stormwater quantity runoff in urban sub-catchments. During the PhD project, Utsav creates numerous BGI scenarios for selected urban sub-catchments in two Swedish cities Malmö and Östersund and analyze their flood potential using computer models. Utsav will be mainly using the SWMM model to perform this water quantity assessments.
Utsav joined the LTU Urban Water Engineering team in May 2022 as a PhD student. Utsav completed his undergraduate studies at Kathmandu University in Nepal, earning a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering. Utsav completed his Master's degree in Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. For this master thesis, he evaluated the effectiveness of Blue Green infrastructures using a hydrodynamic model in Lerum Municipality in Sweden. Utsav has also worked professionally in Nepal for three years as a water engineer.