In May 2012, Pedro Santa presented the first Urban Hydrologics thematic lecture at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. The presentation covered the principles, concepts, and technical strategies needed to develop Water Sensitive Urban Design Masterplans and climate-resilient urban regions, focusing on transdisciplinary designs, blue-green infrastructure configuration examples, and implementation alternatives for nature-based solutions in tropical cities. The Lecture was hosted by the INDA Design Program of Chulalongkorn University.
This thematic Urban Hydrologics lecture covered some of the weather extreme related issues cities across the Global Tropics will experience in the 21st Century. The impacts frequently experienced in Thai flooding events are expected to intensify. As a response, multidisciplinary professionals are needed to plan, design, and deliver a comprehensive network of water management tools at different scales and urban surfaces to provide climate resilience and increase co-benefits. The benefits include added recreational zones, parks, and plazas, increased human wellbeing and productivity of urban dwellers, increased property value, tourism revenues, and efficient industries, in Thai Cities and across the tropical world.