UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Urban Ecohydrology Lab

The UCL Urban Ecohydrology Lab investigates the processes, scales and feedbacks linking the form and functioning of cities to their eco-hydro-climatic conditions.


KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Green urbanism, eco-cities and innovative green infrastructures are being promoted and adopted worldwide to improve urban wellbeing and achieve sustainable development goals. However, all these efforts are often guided by aesthetic, conceptual, and qualitative principles rather than a quantitative understanding of the underlining biophysical processes, scales and feedbacks. The UCL Urban Ecohydrology Lab aims to combine concepts of hydrology, ecology, meteorology, urban planning, public health and complexity science to better understand the interactions between human and natural systems and guide the design of greener, more sustainable and inclusive cities.

  • Above image caption: KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Credit: Boey Jun Hui on Unsplash.
  • Banner image caption: Parking lot garden. Credit: DANIST on Unsplash.


The Urban Ecohydrology Lab is currently supported by The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science.



The Urban Ecohydrology Lab's main research themes are: 

  • Soil-plant-atmosphere processes in natural and urban environments;
  • Urban-biosphere interactions across scales
  • Urban green spaces, climate, and health;
  • Coupled socio-ecological dynamics.


Dr Manoli is currently involved in the teaching of CEGE's Urban Flooding and Draining module (CEGE0039), offered on certain programmes at both undergraduate and graduate level.  

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Dr Manoli's publications

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