Heart Project

Imperial College London (ICL)


Imperial College London is a world-class university with a mission to benefit society through excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was ranked 3rd in the World according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. The department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked first in Civil Engineering in the UK. The Environmental & Water Resource Engineering Section is the biggest one in the department, and covers all water, environment and public health aspects relevant to HEART project. The Urban Water Research Group covers research and education on drinking water, storm water, wastewater treatment, water resources and with the strong informatics support brings them all together under a common umbrella of NBS/BGS and PH&WB aspects.

The group of Hydrology and Water resources covers several aspects related to HEART, including the urban hydrological cycle, and the impact of vegetation in Urban Heat The Hydrology group of ICL has been awarded 2019 Imperial President’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outhandling Research Team. BGS (Blue Green Solutions) methodologies and technologies were developed in BGD project and tested on 13 sites in Europe. Such methodologies are currently being implemented within the multi-million project CAMELLIA, focusing on London. Adopted by EIT (Climate_KIC) Program. BGS is one of the main building blocks of the HEART project. The Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) provides a unique and interdisciplinary research interface between environmental science and technology, and the economic and policy context in which it is developed and applied. Research into a range of topics across three themes; energy and climate, environmental management, and the human dimensions of environmental change, informs real-world environmental policy and decision making. ICL was the coordinator of the EU Climate_KIC’s BGD (Blue Green Dream) project in which the innovative BGS (Blue Green Solutions) planning tools have been developed, additional research, innovation development and full-scale testing of PH&WB aspects will take place in the HEART project.

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