SUDS, LID, BMPs, WSUD and more – The evolution and application of terminology surrounding urban drainage

Abstract : The management of urban stormwater has become increasingly complex over recent decades. Consequently, terminology describing the principles and practices of urban drainage has become increasingly diverse, increasing the potential for confusion and miscommunication. This paper documents the history, scope, application and underlying principles of terms used in urban drainage and provides recommendations for clear communication of these principles. Terminology evolves locally and thus has an important role in establishing awareness and credibility of new approaches and contains nuanced understandings of the principles that are applied locally to address specific problems. Despite the understandable desire to have a ‘uniform set of terminology’, such a concept is flawed, ignoring the fact that terms reflect locally shared understanding. The local development of terminology thus has an important role in advancing the profession, but authors should facilitate communication between disciplines and between regions of the world, by being explicit and accurate in their application.
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Tim Fletcher, William Shuster, William Hunt, Richard Ashley, David Butler, et al.. SUDS, LID, BMPs, WSUD and more – The evolution and application of terminology surrounding urban drainage. Urban Water Journal, Taylor & Francis, 2014, 12 (7), pp.525 - 542. ⟨10.1080/1573062X.2014.916314⟩. ⟨hal-01760919⟩

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