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Susanne Charlesworth is a Professor in Urban Physical Geography at Coventry University in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles on urban pollution and SUDS, many book chapters, and has co-edited books on aquatic sedimentology and water resources. She collaborates with groups internationally and has given papers at international conferences worldwide

Sustainable drainage (SUDS) seemed like the logical move from my earlier interest in urban sedimentology and geochemistry associated with rivers, streams, soil and street dusts. These materials can be highly polluted and in developed countries 85% of people live in urban areas, worldwide >50% live in cities. With climate change and the problems associated with greenhouse gases, there needs to be a means of tackling these issues with a multiple benefit, flexible approach, and SUDS can offer such a management strategy. However, its uptake in England and Wales is less than would be hoped, so through my research I would like to be able to be instrumental in providing the information necessary to encourage its uptake by practitioners and stakeholders.

Research Interests

SUDS; Sedimentology; Role of Green Infrastructure; Ecosystem Services Provision; Urban lake and river sediments; Urban Physical Processes: Urban Hydrology; The risk to children’s health of contaminants in playground material; Sources of radioactive isotopes in street dust and its effect on human health; Efficiency of porous paving in degrading oil and dealing with metal pollutants

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Research Output 2002 2017

A simulation-optimization methodology to model urban catchments under non-stationary extreme rainfall events.

Jato-Espino, D., Sillanpaa, N., Charlesworth, S. & Rodriguez-Hernandez, J. 2017 In : Environmental Modelling & Software. (in press), p. (in press) 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

catchment
climate change
stormwater
rainfall
methodology

Optimisation of the stormwater modelling of urban catchments using Design of Experiments (DOE)

Jato-Espino, D., Sillanpaa, N., Charlesworth, S. & Rodriguez-Hernandez, J. 2017 p. 1468-1471 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

catchment
experiment
stormwater
modeling
outflow

The fate of pollutants in laboratory-based pervious paving systems

Charlesworth, S., Beddow, J. & Nnadi, E. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

pollutant
sediment
road
metal
asphalt
Environmental Health
Metals
Environmental Pollution
Poisons
Water Quality
1 Citations
Poaceae
Dust
Drainage
Soil
Equipment and Supplies

Activities 1991 2016

  • 41 Participation in conference
  • 17 Editorial activity

4th Annual Water Efficiency Conference

Charlesworth, S. (Convenor)
7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

SUDsnet International Conference

Charlesworth, S. (Co-convenor)
3 Sep 20155 Sep 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Water Efficiency in Building Research Network Conference

Charlesworth, S. (Speaker)
9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Water Efficiency in Building Research Network Conference

Charlesworth, S. (Speaker)
25 Mar 201327 Mar 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Thematic Conferences

Charlesworth, S. (Speaker)
23 Jun 201327 Jun 2013

Activity: Participation in conference