Feasibility Analysis of Using Farm Ponds as Adaptation Tools for Stormwater Management

By Jieh-Jiuh Wang.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Damage and imbalance in nature result from excessive exploitation of the land, leading to severe disasters, a backlash from nature itself. “Living with hazards” has become a global response to climate change adaptation strategies, which are gradually replacing construction-oriented disaster prevention facilities as a result of non-structural disaster thinking. Comprehensive reviews and improvement measures must be implemented, particularly at the local level. Rainstorms caused by climate change can be connected with regional open spaces, such as farm ponds and parks, which can divert water flow through trenches to form water networks that should be able to moderate the impact of floods. Farm ponds in Taoyuan County were taken as the subject area in this study. By means of investigation and analyses of current locations of farm ponds and flood hazard GIS simulations based on different precipitations, the study reports on how farm ponds can achieve flood detention, flood adjustments, and flood regulation via water network systems that are formed by water level connectivity and the regulation of storm management. Moreover, with further research of flood hazard maps to better understand different precipitation levels and historical disaster scopes by field investigation, the researcher hopes to outline the fundamentals of flood detention. The research is expected to provide a regulatory tool combining farm ponds, trenches, and canals to be implemented for storm management within spatial design.

Keywords: Adaptation Strategy, Climate Change, Farm Pond, Hazard Map, Taoyuan County

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.71-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 724.598KB).

Dr. Jieh-Jiuh Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Ming Chuan University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Jieh-Jiuh Wang is a planner, emergency manager and a research fellow specializing in disaster and risk management, sustainable development, urban planning and urban design. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University in May 2006. Currently, he is the associate professor of the Department of Architecture of Ming Chuan University, Taiwan. He is the editor of Sustainable Concepts and Measures to Public Works (2011, Public Construction Commission) and has been participating in numerous urban planning and design projects in the US and Taiwan. His current research focus is on urban planning and design, urban studies and sustainable development in extreme weather and climate change.

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