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Rapid assessment system based on ecosystem services for retrofitting of sustainable drainage systems

Scholz, M 2014, 'Rapid assessment system based on ecosystem services for retrofitting of sustainable drainage systems' , Environmental Technology, 35 (10) , pp. 1286-1295.

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Abstract

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) design and retrofitting is predominantly based on expert opinion supported by descriptive guidance documents. The aim of this paper is to develop an innovative rapid decision support tool based on novel ecosystem service variables for retrofitting of key SuDS techniques. This unique tool proposes the retrofitting of a SuDS technique that obtained the highest ecosystem service score for a specific urban site. This approach contrasts with methods based on traditional civil engineering judgement linked to standard variables based on community and environment studies. For a case study area (Greater Manchester), a comparison with the traditional approach of determining community and environment variables indicates that permeable pavements, filter strips, swales, ponds, constructed wetlands and below-ground storage tanks are generally less preferred than infiltration trenches, soakaways and infiltration basins. However, permeable pavements and belowground storage tanks also received relatively high scores, because of their great potential impact in terms of water quality improvement and flood control, respectively. The application of the proposed methodology will lead to changes of the sustainable drainage infrastructure in the urban landscape.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Technology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0959-3330
Depositing User: S Rafiq
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 14:07
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 11:23
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31752

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