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Using water management infrastructure to address both flood risk and the urban heat island
- Richards, Daniel R., Edwards, Peter J.
- International journal of water resources development 2018 v.34 no.4 pp. 490-498
- air temperature, cities, flood control, heat island, infrastructure, rain, rain intensity, risk
- Two important environmental challenges for many cities are to prevent flooding after heavy rain, and to minimize warming due to the urban heat island effect. There is a close link between these two phenomena, as rainfall intensity increases with rising air temperature. The two problems of flood management and urban warming therefore need to be tackled together. In particular, management strategies that contribute to reducing urban temperatures should be recognized as a means of reducing flood risk, especially in regions prone to intense rainfall.