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Matt Simon reports for Wired.


In short:

  • Amsterdam has more than 45,000 square meters of blue-green roofs, designed to capture and store rainwater for later use.
  • The blue-green roofs have layers that collect water for building residents to use for watering plants and flushing toilets.
  • The Resilio project, using specialized software, is modeling the impact of these roofs to help predict and manage flooding.

Key quote:

“Our philosophy in the end is not that on every roof, everything is possible, but that on every roof, something is possible.”

— Kasper Spaan, policy developer for climate adaptation at Waternet

Why this matters:

As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of storms, innovative water management solutions like blue-green roofs can significantly reduce flooding while providing sustainable water resources to urban communities. Read more: Embracing rainwater through green infrastructure.

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