Retrofit SUDS


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Virginia Stovin



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The main source document for this research is Andy Swan's (2003) PhD thesis:

  • Swan, A.D., 2003, A decision-support system for the design of retrofit sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), PhD thesis, The University of Sheffield [abstract].

Two recent research reports:

Selected aspects of the work have also been covered in the following papers:

  • Swan, A.D., Stovin, V.R., Saul, A.J. and Walker, N., 2001, Modelling SUDS with deterministic urban drainage models, Proceedings of the First National Conference on Sustainable Drainage, 18-19 June 2001, Coventry University, 202-213.
  • Swan, A.D. and Stovin, V.R., 2002, A decision-support framework for the design of retrofit SUDS. Proceedings of the International Conference on Sewer Operation and Maintenance (SOM2002), University of Bradford, 26-28 November.
  • Stovin, V.R. and Swan, A.D., 2003, Application of a retrofit SUDS decision-support framework to a UK catchment, Second National Conference on Sustainable Drainage, 23-24 June 2003, Coventry, UK.
  • Swan, A.D., Moore, S.L., and Stovin, V.R., 2006, The use of retrofit SUDS to achieve urban water quality improvement, 7th International Conference on Urban Drainage Modelling and the 4th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, 4-6 April 2006, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 381-388 . ISBN 0-646-45903-1.
  • Stovin V.R. and Swan A.D., 2007, Retrofit SUDS – Cost estimates and decision-support tools. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Water Management, 160 (4), December, pp 207-214. ISSN 1741-7589. DOI 10.1680/wama.2007.160.4.207
  • Moore SL, Stovin VR and Ashley RM, 2007, Quantifying the Water Quality Benefits Associated with retrofit Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) using MUSIC. In Water Management Challenges in Global Change (CCWI2007 and SUWM2007), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, September, pp 527-534. ISBN 978-0-415-45415-5.
  • Stovin, VR, Moore, SL, Doncaster, SH and Morrow, B., 2008, Delivering Integrated Urban Drainage – current obstacles and a proposed SUDS planning support tool, Floodrisk 2008, 30 Sept - 2 Oct, Oxford, UK.
  • Moore, S.L., Hathway, E.A., Fahmy, M. and Stovin, V.R., 2011, Beyond Drainage: the role of SUDS in the Mitigation of Urban Heat Island Effects, Cities of the Future, Stockholm, May 2011.
  • Moore, S.L., Stovin, V.R., Wall, M. and Ashley, R.M., 2012, A GIS-based methodology for selecting stormwater disconnection opportunities, Water Science and Technology, 66.2, 275-283. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2012.172
  • Digman, C., Ashley, R., Balmforth, D., Balmforth, D., Stovin V., Glerum, J. , 2012, Retrofitting to manage surface water (CIRIA C713), ISBN: 978-0-86017-715-9.
  • Stovin, V.R., Moore, S.L., Wall, M., and Ashley, R.M., 2013, The potential to retrofit sustainable drainage systems to address combined sewer overflow discharges in the Thames Tideway catchment, Water and Environment Journal, Vol. 27, Issue 2, 216-228. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2012.00353.x
  • Badger, M., Stovin, V., Shucksmith, J., McCreath, K., Winter, D. and Brookes, A., 2014, Unanswered questions when optimising retrofit SuDS, 13th Int. Conf. on Urban Drainage (ICUD), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 7-12 Sept 2014.
  • Balhatchet, T., Stovin, V. and Woolass, S., 2014, The effects of allocation strategies in multi-nodal large scale rainwater harvesting systems, 13th Int. Conf. on Urban Drainage (ICUD), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 7-12 Sept 2014.

The following may also be of interest:

  • Singh, R., Stovin, V., Jefferies, C., Morrison, G. and Gillon, S., 2005, Developing a planning and design framework for retrofit SUDS, 10 International Conference on Urban Drainage, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 21-26, 2005.
  • Stovin, V.R., Jorgensen, A., and Clayden, A., 2008, Street trees and stormwater management, Arboricultural Journal. Vol. 30, No. 4, 297-310, ISSN 0307-1375.
  • Stovin, V, 2009, The use of green roofs to manage urban stormwater, Water and Environment Journal. Published Online: May 12 2009, DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2009.00174.x
  • Kasmin, H, Stovin, V and Hathway, A, 2009, Towards a generic rainfall-runoff model for green roofs, 8th Int. Conf. On Urban Drainage Modelling, 7-11 Sept, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Guymer, I, Stovin, V, Gaskell, P, Maltby, L, and Pearson, J, 2010, Predicting the deposition of highway-derived sediments in a receiving river reach, 17th IAHR-ADP Congress 2010, Aukland, New Zealand, 21-24 Feb, 2010.
  • Stovin, V, Guymer, I, Gaskell, P and Maltby, L, 2010, Evaluation of a highway runoff TSS models against new UK data, 17th IAHR-ADP Congress 2010, Aukland, New Zealand, 21-24 Feb, 2010.

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The decision-support flowcharts that accompany the Swan 2003 methodology can be downloaded here:

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