Creating cooler, greener cities

30 April 2018

PhD candidate Jasmine Thom recently presented her research at a Stormwater Victoria seminar on Integrated Water Management for cooler, greener cities.

Based in the Green Infrastructure Research Group and the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group at The University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus, Jasmine is examining how tree-based infiltration systems can reduce stormwater runoff while supporting growth and transpiration of urban trees.

Presenters, left to right: Carol Jadraque, (Acting) Principal of Resilience, Melbourne Water; Robyn Mitchell, Coordinator Green Infrastructure, City of Melbourne; Meg Caffin, Principal, Urban Forest Consulting; Jasmine Thom, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne; Sarah Buckley, Senior Sustainability Officer, City of Stonnington.

The seminar attracted landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, urban planners, water authorities and policymakers and sought to provide them with an understanding of:

  • the concept of using Integrated Water Management (IWM) to support urban greening and cooling outcomes
  • insights into key benefits and challenges
  • design considerations for future IWM projects.

Jasmine joined four presenters followed by a panel discussion exploring IWM through the lens of water management authorities, local government, consultancy and research.

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