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Kelly Gunnell

Ms Kelly Gunnell

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Project: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Mapping and quantifying the role of natural infrastructure in hydrological ecosystem service provision to the world's cities under scenarios of land use and climate change.

Start date at Kings: 21/03/2015

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Title: Examining the role of natural green infrastructure in provision of hydrological ecosystem services to and within cities under scenarios of climate change.

Cities will be where the impacts of climate change will be most acutely experienced. For some cities, these impacts will be increased surface water flooding due to increased precipitation and runoff. Understanding how green infrastructure, both in the city and in rural regions, can contribute to mitigating floods is crucially important for managing the risks of climate change. Kelly's project will take an ecosystem services approach to map and model the role of natural green infrastructure in the flow of flood risk mitigation to the world’s cities from their upstream catchments, under current conditions and then scenarios under various projections of climate change and land use change resulting from urban growth.

Research methods include modelling, remote sensing, use of GIS and site visits. 

Member of the Environmental Dynamics Research Group.

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