Scenario representing development of a new housing estate in Aarhus with green corridors and retention ponds for surface water.

05-02-2024 / hannes.schwaiger

Report: Urban drivers, pressures and solutions – NbS typology and development of scenarios

by Laurence Jones, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Many planning decisions are initiated in response to single-issue problems, such as surface flooding, poor air quality, or high air temperature during heatwaves. One of the strengths of NbS that goes beyond the standard technical built infrastructure solutions to urban problems, is that they are multi-functional. The same trees that remove air pollutants also provide cooling and shade on hot days, can enhance interception and increase infiltration into the ground thereby reducing overland water flow, provide shelter and food for insects and birds, and support health and wellbeing of city residents.

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