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Planning students develop groundbreaking canal project

9 June 2016

Socially responsible teaching adding to knowledge about climate change adaptation.

A team of students have developed a ground-breaking project for the Canals and Rivers Trust that is garnering national attention.

Planning and Environmental Management in SEED runs a course called Client Based Project, in which teams of students carry out a significant project for external clients.

This year, the Canal and Rivers Trust asked if it was possible to gain an understanding of the value of the Rochdale Canal in urban cooling in Manchester.

Joseph Chambers‎, Niall Coogan‎, Barry Johnston and Harry Mcdonald from The Centre for Doctorate Training in Power Networks worked with Dr. Tayo Adebowale of the Manchester and Pennine Partnership and Waterway Manager David Baldaccchino, with Joanne Tippett as supervisor.

National and international significance

The team surpassed their brief, creating a novel and transferable model for assessing the cooling potential of urban canals. The presentation demonstrated the clear value of the canal for cooling Manchester and suggested ways to increase the value of the canal for climate change adaptation.

After hearing the presentation, Walter Menzies, Chair of the Manchester and Pennine Partnership said 'this work is so important, and of national, even international significance'.

The students presented this work at the Manchester and Pennine Partnership Annual Conference on 9 June 2016, and will be talking to the national team of the Trust about their work, and will be making the model available for wider dissemination and use following publication.

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