Open projects

“Analysis of stormwater management practices in Norwegian/Nordic cities”

What strategies adopt Norwegian / Nordic cities to manage their stormwater? Do they prefer underground piped solutions, surface stormwater handling or a combination of both? How are the links to other urban systems and infrastructure such as wastewater treatment, energy, urban planning, etc.? We want to look at least at Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, but comparison with other cities and other Nordic countries is envisaged.

Approach: desk-study, eventually supplemented with qualitative interviews or an online survey, Norwegian language skills are required, skills in other Scandinavian languages would be great!

 “Financing mechanisms for stormwater handing, public financing and incentives for private sector investment – practices in Norwegian cities and other countries”

In different cities there are different mechanisms how the implementation of new stormwater measures is financed. And there are also popping up the first solutions how to engage private investors. We want to know how this is done in different Norwegian cities (tentatively: Oslo, Bergen, Frederikstad, Trondheim), as well as in 3-4 cities abroad (tentatively: DK-Copenhagen, NL-Amsterdam, US (Philadelphia and another city), Germany-Munich). But we are not limited to these, so depending on your language skills we can also take into account more countries and cities!

Approach: Conduct a literature review and eventually follow up with interviews with water utilities and other relevant municipal entities

“Evaluation of extended benefits of stormwater solutions

Screen through the literature and find out what is the hydrologic effectiveness of different stormwater solutions, their investment and operation costs. Which solutions have co-benefits such as effects on biodiversity, pollution reduction, contribution to climate mitigation and health effects? What is about their flexibility and adaptability to changing conditions, their potential for citizen involvement and uncertainties affecting their implementation.

Approach: desk-study, eventually supplemented with telephone interviews or an online survey

“Enhancement of benefits from stormwater solutions by design”

How can benefits of different stormwater measures be enhanced by design? How can stormwater solutions be integrated in the urban landscape? What designs are applicable in densely built up urban areas, what in peri-urban areas? How can citizens be engaged in the design process?

Approach: Design stormwater solutions for one of the projects case-studies

“Conceptual design of urban living labs for stormwater solutions”

We want to get citizens from a mixed neighbourhood (including all age groups, immigrants and native Norwegians) engaged in co-developing stormwater solutions for their neighbourhood by using an urban living lab approach. The stormwater solutions should preferably be implementable in a small/compact area such as along a street or in a pocket park. In which phase the project involves the citizens in the process of implementing stormwater measures is completely open/flexible, and will be jointly agreed; if it is in planning or design phase or maybe in the construction of the stormwater solution itself. Likewise, it is completely open how to involve them; probably there are different concepts needed for different population groups. So we want you to search for similar living-lab approaches in other cities and if possible study what was working well or not so well for them (i.e. by interviews) and in a second step draft creative concepts for urban living labs engaging citizens in developing stormwater solutions.

“Hydrological modelling of long-stretched stormwater measures – example along the green ring in Hovinbyen, Oslo”

This project requires knowledge on hydrological modelling. We want to find out what the potential of the green ring in Hovinbyen, Oslo is to absorb stormwater. What stormwater solutions could be implemented and where?

Approach: Hydrological modelling (probably with MIKE or SWIM)

 “Public perception of local stormwater solutions”

In Oslo you can already find different stormwater solutions. What do the citizens think about them? What do they like, mislike, what could be better? What do they know about stormwater? Should the facilities be multi-functional and if yes in which way? Does their perception changes with different weather conditions / through different seasons? How would citizens like to get engaged when the next stormwater solution is planned?

Approach: Go out and ask the people! On-site interviews with citizens in Oslo. Norwegian language skills are necessary!

 “Testing of a reverse auction mechanism for implementing stormwater solutions in Oslo”

This task requires some knowledge or at least interest in economy … and good Norwegian language skills … thus the text continues in Norwegian 😊

Oppgavene omfatter å teste ut en “omvendt auksjons tilnærming” i et boligstrøk i Oslo. Dvs. vi vil spørre beboerne hvilken “minste kompensasjon” trengs for at de er villig å få et regnbed, grønt tak eller regntønne installert på sitt privat tomt. Det blir ikke et fiktiv eksemplet, men det er satt av penger for slike installasjoner i etterkant. En master-student fra NTNU kommer trolig til å se nærmere på det hydrologiske, så det er noen her å jobbe sammen med!