UHS Strategic Adaptation Framework

The Urban Hydrologics Strategic Adaptation Framework for Tropical Watersheds has been developed from extensive research and practical experience, aiming to enhance the resilience, performance, and co-benefits for communities within the pan-tropics. The framework consists of the following components: Two contexts for Strategic Integration, Three Key Strategic Scales, and Four Key Variables.

First is the “Strategic Integration,” which focuses on combining coastal and inland solutions to provide holistic resilience.

The second emphasizes on “Three Key Strategic Scales”: the Large Scale Strategies, which analyze coastlines, major water bodies, and large rivers; the Secondary Networks involve ecological corridors, forests, parks, and small to medium waterway corridors; and the Tertiary Network Scale which addresses the decentralized hydrological elements impacting urban drainage.

The third component is the “Data-Driven Process for Four Key Variables,” which entails 1. Water Quantity (volume and flow rates), 2. Water Quality (chemical, physical, and biological characteristics), 3. Community (involving connectivity, proximity to open spaces, urban livability, education, stewardship, operation and maintenance, economic benefits, UHI mitigation, and the way watershed residents can participate in the decision-making impacting the climate resilience within their neighborhoods), and 4. Ecology (ensuring environmental sustainability and biodiversity).

This framework encapsulates Urban Hydrologics’ expertise in formulating blue-green masterplans tailored for stormwater management and climate adaptation in global tropical watersheds. The knowledge acquired from undertaking projects in varied locations, notably Singapore, and crafting associated guidelines, handbooks, and masterplan reports has identified pivotal variables effective for communicating with various stakeholders, including government agencies. Designed with intuitiveness at its core, the framework seeks to be comprehensible to a diverse audience, regardless of their socio-economic or educational standing. Its primary intent is to aid communities in discerning risks and highlighting essential sites for blue-green infrastructure interventions. Furthermore, it is adept at quantifying co-benefits facilitating cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) to streamline implementation processes and funding sources. The inclusion of the four key variables ensures the process remains flexible, fostering community-centric decisions while ensuring that investments are directed based on scientific data, inherent risks, and identified vulnerabilities.

As PJ Santa from Urban Hydrologics concludes his decade of experience acquisition in Southeast Asia (currently taking a brief hiatus this year to address some family matters in the Caribbean), the group aims to apply this framework to expand climate adaptation innovations and tech to accelerate adaptation efforts. Having engaged extensively in Singapore and the broader ASEAN region and drawing from the synergy of diverse experts spanning multiple disciplines, the aspiration remains to persistently champion advanced blue-green infrastructure and climate adaptive solutions for communities.