Environmental Management

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 396-409

Integrated Approaches in Urban Storm Drainage: Where Do We Stand?

  • Wolfgang rauchAffiliated withInstitute of Environmental Engineering, University Innsbruck Email author 
  • , Katja SeggelkeAffiliated withInstitute for Technical and Scientific Hydrology (itwh)
  • , Rebekah BrownAffiliated withSchool of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University
  • , Peter KrebsAffiliated withInstitute for Urban Water Management, Dresden University of Technology

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Integrated approaches to urban stormwater drainage management are being increasingly advocated as necessary for advancing more sustainable and holistic management of urban water environments. In this paper, the status of integrated approaches in the management of urban stormwater discharges to receiving waterways is summarized. The starting point of the paper is with the recent scientific contributions, revealing that integration is being pursued and implemented predominantly at two conceptual levels. These include 1) integrating the technical system with the receiving waterway environment, and 2) considering the interaction and influence of the human system with the technical system through processes such as stakeholder and public participation. Additionally, it is argued that the evolving shift towards the implementation of water-quality-based strategies advances the need for further development and application of integrated models and approaches. The cases of online physically based models for predictive control and integrated source control and public participation are presented as examples of such ongoing developments in pursuit of integrated urban stormwater management.


Urban drainage Integrated management Modeling Water quality Public participation Source control