MINA-professor forklarer

Blue-green infrastructures on campus Ås

Blue-green infrastructures are being built to protect cities from flash floods. But how do they affect biodiversity, water quality and the people living in the cities?

MINA-professor forklarer
08. okt 2021 - 08. okt 2025
The Research Council of Norway
Background
  • Insufficient space for resilient function of biodiversity, stormwater and recreation in our cities
  • Socio-political barriers and lack of collaborative and integrated management
  • Knowledge gaps on blue-green infrastructures performance and benefits

Heavy rain events frequently cause flash floods in urban areas. Blue-green infrastructures are being built to infiltrate more water into the ground, such that the ground can act as a "sponge" and keep the water before it causes damage. Such blue-green infrastructures were also built on NMBUs campus in Ås, and we have assembled an interdisciplinary group of scientists to study how these nature-based solutions affect biodiversity, water and soil quality, hydrology, and many other aspects of the ecosystem. Not at least, we want to study how they are perceived by the people.

For more information, visist the project website: www.spare-project.com

Foto: Håkon Sparre
Objective

Provide knowledge how these blue-green infrastructures affect biodiversity, water and soil quality, hydrology, and many other aspects of the ecosystem in an around these structures.

Researchers

The project SPARE is lead by Isabel Seifert (NIVA).

Rannveig Jacobsen, Susi Schneider, Sir Lie Olsen, David Arnott, Foto: Cathrine Glosli
Susanne Schneider
Susanne Schneider
Professor
Work package leader (Campus Ås)
David Arnott
David Arnott
Adviser
Participant
Yngvild Wasteson
Yngvild Wasteson
Professor
Participating researcher
Mette Myrmel
Mette Myrmel
Professor
Participating researcher
Ann-Katrin Llarena
Ann-Katrin Llarena
Associate professor
Participating researcher
Kim Aleksander Haukeland Paus
Kim Aleksander Haukeland Paus
Associate professor
Participating researcher
Jorg Sieweke
Jorg Sieweke
Associate professor
Participating researcher
Rannveig Margrete Jacobsen
Rannveig Margrete Jacobsen
Associate professor
Participating researcher
Siri Lie Olsen
Siri Lie Olsen
Associate professor
Participating researcher
Gunnhild Riise
Gunnhild Riise
Associate professor
Participating researcher