An actual atlas
The research project “The Missing Link – Når Vandene Mødes I Byen” is led by Assistant Professor Katrina Wiberg, who has previously received the Danish Arts Foundation’s so-called Dristighedspris for her research into climate adaptation. Mathias Meldgaard and Anne Mette Boye are also part of the team.
‘We are under pressure from water from all sides. The rain falls from above, groundwater rises from below, streams bring water from the hinterland, and the sea adds pressure from our shores. All this water converges in our towns; towns we have traditionally located near the water. My hope for the project is that we can contribute to municipal planning and urban development based on water and Blue-Green features. This may help solve the flooding challenges, but it can also create increased biodiversity and make the towns better places to live in’, says Katrina Wiberg.
The research project will be focusing on two towns as cases. These have not yet been chosen, but the team behind the research project expects the choice to be made soon.
‘It is imperative that our work is carried out across the different disciplines and sectors that exist in the towns. We will have to cooperate with both the municipality and suppliers, for they both have knowledge that is unique and necessary’, says Katrina Wiberg.
The research project will be developed during 2020. The results of the project should be ready in December.
‘We will be working on two cases. The cases will be towns that are located on the coast for which flooding is an issue today. By taking as a qualitative starting point e.g. the water catchment area and buildings of a specific town, we will develop methods to create a site-specific atlas, Vandets By Atlas, which will, hopefully, prove useful as a specific tool in tomorrows planning. We hope the project will be able to contribute to our municipalities’ work with the green transition by pointing out the potential opportunities of basing today’s town on water and qualities’, says Katrina Wiberg.