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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 PM AEST – 1:00 PM AEST

The WSC Scenario Tool supports planning and design of water sensitive precincts and cities. This event will discuss its application to test strategies to mitigate the impacts of urbanisation and climate change on water security and heat island effects.

In the context of climate change and increasing urbanisation, innovative adaptation measures for urban water management are needed to increase a city’s liveability, sustainability and resilience. There is an emerging paradigm for land use planning and urban design that includes integrated urban water systems specifically green technologies for addressing increased flood, draught, and urban heat vulnerabilities, and environmental degradation.

To assist planners, designers and engineers in the delivery of this multifunctional urban form and water infrastructure the Cooperate Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cites (CRCWSC) has developed an integrated scenario modelling platform. Accessible through an interactive web interface and supported by high performance cloud computing, the platform integrates (i) high-resolution data of the built environment, combined with sociodemographic, climate, and environmental data (ii) models that simulate the development and redevelopment of urban form, and place grey, blue and green water infrastructure at lot scale level detail (iii) and models that assess the urban water systems performance in terms of the services provided (e.g. supply security and heat island protection).

This event will give an overview of the scenario tool and how it has been applied in Australia’s major metropolitan areas and towns. I will discuss, in particular its application to assess the impacts of urbanisation and climate change on e.g. tree canopy loss, flooding, and heat island effects, and to support the identification and delivery of a suite of technical, design and policy strategies that fit well with an area’s local geographical and ecological context.