Adapting Cities to Climate Change: Exploring the Flood Risk Management Role of Green Infrastructure Landscapes

Jeremy Carter, John Handley, Tom Butlin, Susannah Gill

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Abstract

There is now an emerging sense of the scope and nature of response that can be implemented at building and neighbourhood scales to help adapt cities and urban areas to the changing climate. In comparison, the role of larger natural and semi-natural landscapes that surround and permeate cities is less well understood. Addressing this knowledge gap, this paper outlines two case studies that describe and map the flood risk management functions offered by green infrastructure landscapes situated within the Urban Mersey Basin in North West England. The case studies establish that areas potentially exposed to flooding can be located at some distance, and within different jurisdictions, from upstream areas where the flood hazard may be generated and could be moderated via functions provided by green infrastructure landscapes. This raises planning and governance challenges connected to supporting and enhancing flood risk management functions provide by green infrastructure landscapes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Early online date12 Sept 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Land use change
  • green infrastructure
  • Governance

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