Greenhouse gas emissions from integrated urban drainage systems: Where do we stand?

Giorgio Mannina*, David Butler, Lorenzo Benedetti, Ana Deletic, Harsha Fowdar, Guangtao Fu, Manfred Kleidorfer, David McCarthy, Peter Steen Mikkelsen, Wolfgang Rauch, Chris Sweetapple, Luca Vezzaro, Zhiguo Yuan, Patrick Willems

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    As sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, integrated urban drainage systems (IUDSs) (i.e., sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants and receiving water bodies) contribute to climate change. This paper, produced by the International Working Group on Data and Models, which works under the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage, reviews the state-of-the-art and modelling tools developed recently to understand and manage GHG emissions from IUDS. Further, open problems and research gaps are discussed and a framework for handling GHG emissions from IUDSs is presented. The literature review reveals that there is a need to strengthen already available mathematical models for IUDS to take GHG into account.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Hydrology
    Pages (from-to)307-314
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


    • GHG
    • Integrated urban drainage modelling
    • Mathematical modelling
    • Water quality


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