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An introduction to our research within the SUrF project is given below under the following headings:

· General considerations

· Structural framework

· Special topics

· Cases


General considerations

Sustainable flood risk management has to take a systems approach and promote a flexible use of a smorgasbord of techniques for each specific case. Non-structural components like stakeholder participation and social learning also are also important parts of any flood management system. Furthermore, such systems will always be dependent on urban design and economical considerations. All in all, a functional system has to involve several professions and therefore in order to do meaningful work we have a multidisciplinary approach to our research.

Structural framework

Since the urban space and flooding are complex, it is necessary in our research to adopt a systems-analytical approach. The figure outlines the three systems involved in urban flood problems, namely 1) the hydrological system, 2) the impact system, and 3) the management system. For a systematic approach to flood resilience, the dynamic character of all three systems needs to be considered.


The three systems involved in urban flooding. (A) The hydrological system is the terrestrial part of the hydrological cycle with both natural and man-made components; (B) The impact system is the part of urban society that may be affected in a detrimental way by a flooding event; (C) The management system is the part of urban society that deals with floods in order to decrease the detrimental effects of flood events.


Special topics

Some topics we are working on are listed below. Please note that the work in the individual topics are at different stages.


· Tools/models for evaluating the societal vulnerability to urban flooding - Jerry Nilsson, Eva Leth

· Urban design perspectives on SUrF - Catharina Sternudd, Misagh Mottaghi

· Reframing urban flood management - Catharina Sternudd

· Resilience study for the future stormwater system in Malmö - Jonas Nordström, Johanna Sörensen

· Individuals' perception of flood risks and risk reducing behavior - Jonas Nordström

· Study of pluvial, urban flood mechanisms and characteristics using insurance claims data - Johanna Sörensen

· Strategies for implementing SUDS in existing urban areas - Ronny Berndtsson, Shifteh Mobini

· Analysis of algorithms of surface runoff models - Andreas Persson

· Green area effect on flow in the urban environment - Andreas Persson

· Detailed monitoring and modelling of urban hydrology at district scale - Karin Jönsson, Salar Haghighatafshar


(Information: Names given are main contacts for the topics. Please find affiliation and email address under Contacts).



Our research is aimed to be based on globally applicable principles. However, it is part of the SUrF project objective to focus on Swedish conditions. Most of our sub-projects deal with the following geographical /administrative areas or parts thereof:

· Malmö

· Helsingborg

· Höje River Basin, including Lund

· Göteborg

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