The UCL Urban Ecohydrology Lab investigates the processes, scales and feedbacks linking the form and functioning of cities to their eco-hydro-climatic conditions.
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.
- Lab head: Dr Gabriele Manoli
- Postdoctoral Researchers: Dr Isabella Capel-Timms, Dr Katty Huang, Dr Kai Wang
- PhD Students: Tsz Fung Clinton Chiu
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.
In the media
- Sept. 28, 2020: Window for slowing down COVID's spread was smaller than projected; Duke University News. The story has also featured in several media outlets worldwide (e.g. Fox News)
- Aug. 24, 2020: A mathematical model for the seasonality of urban heat islands; SIAM News
- Jan. 28; 2020: Mountain vegetation dries out Alpine water fluxes; ETH News. The story has also featured in several media outlets worldwide
- Oct 26, 2019: Green Obsession – a marathon on Urban Forestry solutions; Dutch Design Week 2019.
- Sept 26, 2019: CEGE lecturer's Urban Heat Islands paper published in Nature; CEGE News. The story has also featured in several media outlets worldwide.
- Sept 20, 2019: No one-size-fits-all way to combat urban heat island effect; EOS Earth and Space Science News.
- Jul 10, 2019: London’s climate will feel like Barcelona by 2050, study says; Financial Times. The story has also featured in several media outlets worldwide.
- Dr Manoli's publications
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