The Center will explore the complex factors that influence decision-making on stormwater management practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through a series of five concurrent and complementary research projects, each focusing on a different component of green infrastructure implementation. By studying why these decisions are made at different levels of government, the Center will better understand the measures that must be taken to increase installation of green infrastructure and promote adoption of healthy water management practices, in order to restore and preserve the Chesapeake Bay.
What prevents the adoption of green infrastructure measures for stormwater management? How can these obstacles to improved stormwater management be overcome?
Computer visualization tools can contribute to research into human perceptions about green infrastructure and stormwater management. The availability of visualizations of green infrastructure practices, sometimes presented as interactive game-like exploration, can improve understanding and ultimately influence decision making about these topics.
Adoption of green infrastructure to manage stormwater may be impeded by a lack of knowledge of the non-hydrological benefits that green infrastructure can provide. The non-hydrological benefits research will identify and quantify citizen demand for these amenities from green infrastructure to increase decision makers’ awareness of citizen preferences.
The experience and decisions of engineers and regulators is directly tied to the implementation and success of green infrastructure practices. This research looks to understand what design guidelines and tools are used to predict water quality and performance of stormwater control practices.