PhD Defence Alida Alves Beloqui

  • 30 Jan 2020
  • 14:30 - 16:30
  • Mekelweg 5, 2628 CD Delft
Western Europe
Auditorium of TU Delft, room: 'Senaatszaal'

On Thursday 30 January 2020, the Public Defence and Awarding Ceremony of Ms Alida Alves Beloqui, from Uruguay, will take place. Professor Damir Brdjanovic is her promotor and Dr Zoran Vojinovic her co-promotor.

The title of her thesis is

Combining green-blue-grey infrastructure for flood mitigation and enhancement of co-benefits

14:30 – 14:45              Presentation in room: 'Senaatszaal'

15:00 – 16:30              Public Defence and Awarding Ceremony

17:00 – 18:00              Drinks in the IHE Restaurant

Summary

An increment of urban flood risk in many areas around the globe is expected, accentuated due to climate change and urbanisation. Thus, appropriate flood risk management is crucial. Conventional approaches focus on grey infrastructure, which frequently do not address the root causes of risk. A change of paradigm is needed to develop effective adaptation strategies. Green-blue infrastructure (GBI) is a central concept to achieve adaptation to climate change. Its main strength is the ability to deliver multiple benefits. Although strong evidence exists demonstrating that GBI is a sustainable solution to reduce flooding, its adoption is still slow. Therefore, the objective of this research is to help decision-makers to adopt adaptation strategies to cope with flood risk while achieving other benefits. This study provides a framework which introduces co-benefits into decision-making for stormwater infrastructure planning. Besides, the multiple benefits are quantified and their impact on helping GBI implementation are evaluated. Finally, the effects of including co-benefits on the selection of flood mitigation strategies and the trade-offs among cost and benefits are assessed. This work contributes to enhance planning processes for flood mitigation combining green-blue-grey measures. It provides tools and knowledge to facilitate holistic decision-making, in order to ensure safe and liveable urban spaces for current and future conditions.

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