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Green Roof Research Conference 2013

The Green Roof Research Conference 
Bringing together the worlds leading green roof scientists.

 18th & 19th March 2013, The University of Sheffield.

Marie Curie Industry-Academic Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)
Call: FP7-PEOPLE-2007-3-1-IAPP

 

The first entirely science focused vegetated roof conference took place at the University of Sheffield, Green Roof Centre in March 2013.  The conference fed back on the 4 year EU funded project between the University of Sheffield and ZinCo GmbH, Germany, and set out to challenge the custom and practice of green roofs.

The research findings established through this Industry - Academia partnership interrogated the fundamental green roof understanding of the current age.  The very performance metrics by which green roof elements are measured were questioned, the outcomes demonstrated that new research agendas should be adopted. 

In addition, leading scientists from the most innovative green roof research centre's around the world presented their leading edge investigative activity.  Speakers included Ed Snodgrass,
Emory Knoll Farms, Maryland, USA; Claire Farrell, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Nigel Dunnett, IAPP Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield; Dr. Robyn Simcock, Landcare Research, New Zealand; Dr. Abigail Graceson, Harper Adams University College, UK; Mr Ralf Walker, Division Manager Research and Development, ZinCo GmbH.; Daniel Roehr, Associate Professor. University of British Columbia, Canada; Dr. Anna Palla, University of Genoa, Italy and Dr Virginia Stovin, University of Sheffield.

Research topic areas include
plant selection + screening; Optimised hydrological performance (both, vegetation establishment and stormwater) and Integrative whole system hydrological modelling.

The conference was intentional programmed as a single stream of presentation to emphasise the importance and impact of each consideration of green roofs. 

The conference was well attended by a wide range of delegates, from those with a general interest in green roofs, to those with particular research agenda in plants, substrates design and function, manufactured layers and their interaction with water and stormwater management. 

Conference Available Abstracts

Day One


Session 1 Green Roof Vegetation, Ecology and Plant Trials: an international perspective

Claire Farrell
- Postgraduate Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Plant water use strategies to improve green roof performance: Balancing survival and stormwater mitigation.

Session 2 Green Roof Vegetation, Ecology and Plant Trials: Plant trials Marie-Curie Project

Professor Nigel Dunnett – IAPP Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield.
Workpackage 1: key issues in plant selection for green roofs

Dr. Zoe Dunsiger - Experienced Researcher, University of Sheffield.
Plant screening programme: key results

Christine Thuring - PhD Researcher, University of Sheffield.
Dynamics of green roof vegetation over time.


Session 3 Water flows: substrates and substrate-plant interactions: an international perspective

Dr. Robyn Simcock - Landcare Research, New Zealand.
Managing Water - optimises ecosystem services: storm water mitigation,aesthetics (plant survival), invertebrate biodiversity and heat reduction(evapotranspiration) in New Zealand.

Dr. Abigail Graceson - Harper Adams University College, UK
The effect of differences in growing media composition on species richness,species composition and vegetation biomass.

Session 4 Water Flows: Substrates and vegetation interactions: the Marie-Curie programme.

Mr Ralf Walker – Division Manager Research and Development, ZinCo GmbH.
Introduction to water fluxes in green roof systems    Part 2

Dr Tobias Emilsson – Experienced Researcher, ZinCo GmbH.
Substratephysical properties and potential amendments.

Jorg Werdin - Seconded Researcher, ZinCo GmbH.
The moisture retention characteristics of green roof substrate.

Day Two

Session 5: Water Flows and hydrological/stormwater management modelling for green roof systems: an international perspective.

Daniel Roehr - Associate Professor. University of British Columbia, Canada
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Living Roofs as Stormwater Management Tool - in Sheffield?The Interrelationship of Plants – “A Designed Element” and Climate-DependentFactors on Stormwater Mitigation

Dr. Anna Palla - University of Genoa, Italy
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Modelling and monitoring the hydrologic response of green roofs in the Mediterranean climate.

Session 6: water flows and hydrological/stormwater management modelling for green roof systems: the Marie Curie programme.

Dr Virginia Stovin - Lead Academic, University of Sheffield.
Introduction tohydrological/stormwater management modelling for green roof systems.

Simon Poë - PhD Researcher, University of Sheffield.
Evapotranspiration from green roof systems

Gianni Vesuviano - PhD Researcher, University of Sheffield.
A green roof runoff detention model.

Mr Ralf Walker – Division Manager Research and Development, ZinCo GmbH.
Moisturetransfer from drainage layer to substrate.  Part 4

Fred Sonnenwald - PhD Researcher, University of Sheffield.
Developing a new detention layer for extended runoff detention.

Dr Christian Berretta – Experienced Researcher, University of Sheffield.
Field trials toestablish the impact of substrate and vegetation on long-term rainfall-runoffresponse.

Dr Virginia Stovin - Lead Academic, University of Sheffield.
A genericrainfall-runoff model for green roof systems.

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