The combined effect of climate change, population growth and rapid urbanisation has increased the risk and severity of disruptive flooding events driving an increase in the need to incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).
SuDS can help mitigate the effects due to climate change, population growth and urbanisation when employed in thoughtful and sensitive design. They can also be effectively retrofitted to existing developments to improve their sustainability credentials.
Whilst urbanisation on its own threatens to increase flood risk when combined with the effects of climate change, the provision of SuDS is even more relevant. It is expected that as a result of climate change winters will continue to become wetter and milder, summers drier and hotter, with increases in extreme weather events such as periods of intense rainfall.
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